Report on a hugely successful 5th ERAS® World Congress

The 5th ERAS® World Congress was held between 10th-12th May 2017, at the Centre De Congres, Lyon, France.

As in previous years, it consisted of the ERAS® Course followed by the Scientific Programme. Throughout the Congress, they were many excellent lectures from experts from around the World including Europe, North America and Asia.

The ERAS® course was again a popular event and sold out with the delegates learning about the relevant physiology underpinning the concepts of ERAS®, viewed from many perspectives – surgeon, anaesthesiologist, nurse, manager and of course, the patient. This year it was condensed into an afternoon course. There was a step by step approach to implementation of ERAS® process and the evidence behind the many elements of care that make up modern ERAS® process, including not only the immediate perioperative steps, but also the importance of preoperative patient education and postoperative audit and quality maintenance. There were also separate specialist talks on Gynaecology, Urology and Orthopaedics.

The same afternoon there were specialist group symposia for Urology, Women’s Health and Nursing, all of which proved very popular.

The Scientific Programme started the next day, with a session devoted to the pathophysiological basis of ERAS, addressing key areas of the stress response and how it can be modified, opioids and cancer free survival with other aspects of pain control. The difficult areas of fluid therapy and nutrition were also discussed.

The prestigious Henrik Kehlet Lecture by Professor Greet van den Berghe from Leuven, entitled The role of autophagy in the metabolism and outcomes after surgery gave a scholarly insight into postoperative pathophysiological processes

The afternoon session had well attended sessions on New Themes in ERAS®, Recovery beyond the hospital and Strategies for the ER implantation. The day closed with 6 excellent abstract research presenations, following which there was a highly enjoyable drinks reception, where everyone was able to network, view posters and meet with our sponsors.

The second day of the Congress began with How ERAS® will change the Future, followed by a session entitled: Do the Guidelines Work? The Transition from theory to Practice. Following coffee there were two popular debates: Bowel Preparation is unnecessary in Colon and Rectum Surgery (proposal agreed) and Epidural Analgesia is obsolete within ERAS programmes (proposal rejected). The morning session closed with 6 ‘rapid fire’ oral research presentations.

The afternoon session started with Ken Fearon lecture, in memory Co-founder and Chairman of the ERAS Society Board, who sadly died last September (http://erassociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Ken-Fearon.pdf)  In fitting memory, Professor Alessandro Laviano, from Rome,  gave an outstanding and indeed fitting tribute to Ken entitled Cachexia and the long-term outcome of surgical cancer patients. Even for those not fortunate enough to have met Ken it was still a very poignant and moving session.

The Congress concluded with a session on reducing risks, followed a concluding lecture by our ERAS society Chairman Professor Ljungqvist entitled the ongoing surgical revolution, with the last ten minutes devoted to Professor Ljungqvist and our Scientific Chairman Professor Dileep Lobo award prizes to  Dr Nicolò Pecorelli, wining  the Rapid Fire Presentations entitled Does The Risk Of Postoperative Complications Affect The Adherence To Enhanced Recovery Pathways After Pancreaticoduodenectomy?, and Mr Nader Frances for the best abstract entitled Can Hydrogen Breath Test Predict Postoperative Ileus Following Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery And Within ERAS Programme?

What were the highlights of the Congress?  It is impossible to say with nearly three days with world experts, an enthusiastic and engaged delegates and talented researchers all meeting to exchange experiences. Certainly, the Henrik Kehlet and Ken Fearon Lectures were outstanding. In addition, the presentation of new and original work and ideas is always a very exciting and were of a very high standard this year, for it is with these talented researchers that the evidence base which underpins the future success is fundamental for ERAS®.

The loss of Professor Ken Fearon was palpable at times, yet the legacy of the society he co-founded with Professor Olle Ljungqvist lives on as a fitting tribute to a great man.

The huge success of the Congress is made possible only by the hard work of the Organising Committee and the Local Committee, to whom we express our sincere gratitude. In addition, we are most grateful to the sponsorship we receive from industry and the expert assistance from MCI.

The 6th ERAS® World Congress is already being planned for Stockholm from May 23rd to May 25th 2018 and we look forward to welcoming you and your teams there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Congress – Thursday 11th May 2017

The scientific programme of the 5th ERAS World Congress commenced on Thursday 11th May 2017 with 400 delegates attending sessions on

  • The pathophysiological basis or ERAS
  • The role of autophagy in the metabolism and outcomes after surgery
  • New themes in ERAS
  • Recovery beyond the hospital
  • Strategies for the implementation of ERAS – Lesson learnt
  • Best abstracts

Remember to follow updates of the congress via the ERAS Society twitter account @ErasSociety

Clinical Nutrition – Abstract Book 2017

ERAS Final Programme

ERAS Society World Congress – Wednesday 10 May 2017

The 5th ERAS World Congress started on Wednesday 10th May 2017 with over 200 delegates attending the pre-Congress Educational Course, the Urology Group Meeting, the Gynecology Group Meeting – Women’s Health Symposium, and the ERAS Nursing Group Meeting. Afterwards delegates enjoyed the Welcome Reception by networking with international colleagues and viewing the accepted peer-reviewed posters.

Remember to follow updates of the congress via the ERAS Society twitter account @ErasSociety

Fresenius Kabi supports the ERAS Society

The ERAS Society is happy to announce the following: Fresenius Kabi supports the ERAS Society and its leading academic centres to set up a research support organisation based on the ERAS Interactive Audit System. The ERAS Society is currently advertising for positions for this facility and has several studies in the planning. The Society is grateful for the kind support from Fresenius Kabi for this important project.

The 7th ERAS UK Annual Conference, 10th November 2017, Newcastle, England.

​This annual event attracts roughly 200 healthcare professionals from across the UK (and a few from overseas).  The 7th ERAS UK conference will feature seminars from centres of excellence, abstract presentations and breakout sessions for various specialties and roles.

​Individuals and groups with an interest in Enhanced Recovery are invited to submit abstracts of their research or service improvement work before Friday 14th July.

On-line registration for this conference is now open.

Successful 1st ERAS conference in Colombia

We’re pleased to announce the first ERAS Colombian Symposium, which was packed with local and international (Dr. Adrian Alvarez from Argentina) ERAS clinical experts.

The ERAS Colombia 2017 Symposium was hosted by the XXIV Anesthesiology Course of COLSANITAS Clinics to facilitate local Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) best practices.

In the meeting held in Bogotá, Colombia, anesthesiology and surgery colleagues and nursing, nutrition and physical therapist professionals, provided stimulating presentations on Saturday, February 18.

Topics presented included findings on patients experience and interactive discussions regarding the post-operative care of colonic surgery patients. It was an exceptional opportunity for clinical professionals, key opinion leaders, industry partners and health system administrators, committed to the improvement of perioperative care.

Pictured above from left to right
Standing:
JUAN CARLOS BARRIGA  – GENERAL SURGEON
JAIRO BETANCOURT – ANESTHESIOLOGIST
ALVARO SARMIENTO – ANESTHESIA DEPARTMENT CHIEF
EDUARDO ZARATE – ANESTHESIOLOGIST ERAS LIDER
ADRIAN ALVAREZ – ANESTHESIOLOGIST ERAS LATAM LIDER
ARNOLD BARRIOS – GENERAL SURGEON CHIEF DEPARTMENT
FREDDY MENDIVELSO – EPIDEMIOLOGIST
RAUL GUEVARA – GENERAL SURGEON
FRANCISCO PETANO – GENERAL SURGERY RESIDENT II
JOAQUIN LUNA – GYNAECOLOGY CHIEF DEPARTMENT

Seated:
DIANA BELLON – PHYSIOTHERAPIST ERAS TEAM
VIVIAN PINEDA – ERAS TEAM NURSE
IVETTE PEREZ – ERAS TEAM NUTRICIONIST
ANGELA NAVAS – ERAS TEAM COORDINATOR
LAURA TINOCO  – GENERAL SURGERY RESIDENT I
GLORIA FLOREZ  – GENERAL SURGERY RESIDENT II