Report from the inaugural conference of the Swedish chapter of the ERAS Society – SwERAS 2017

The first annual SwERAS conference was successfully held in November 2017, with 130 participants from a variety of professions and medical specialties. Twenty different hospitals, from three countries, were represented.

The lectures included both basic strategies of the ERAS program and a number of inspiring examples from ERAS – hospitals in Sweden. Karolinska Huddinge presented their work with enhanced recovery after esophageal resection. Capio S:t Göran had a presentation of their algorithm concerning high risk patients. Skaraborgs Sjukhus Skövde showed the results from a study where the patients were interviewed about their experience of an ERAS treatment.

A short introduction of how to extract information out of the EIAS database was held. Encare is planning for a full day EIAS education during 2018.

Validation of the EIAS database is vital for extraction of correct data. Both for benchmarking within each hospital and for future research. SwERAS is therefore planning for a national validation program during 2018 – 2019 of each Swedish hospital that participates in an ERAS program.

One highlight of the two days was our guest speaker Professor Mike Scott. He addressed the anesthetist’s role in an ERAS program on the first day of the conference and implications of ERAS on health economy in the care of elderly on the second day.

There was also plenty of time at coffee breaks and at lunch to network with other colleagues and get practical tips and tricks how to implement and how to maintain the ERAS spirit.

The 2nd SwERAS conference will be held in Stockholm on the 22 – 23 of November 2018. You are very welcome to join us!

Lars Johansen