The nurse’s role in the implementation of an ERAS programme

Brady KM, Keller DS, Delaney CP. Successful Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery Pathway: The Nurse’s Role. AORN J. 2015 Nov;102(5):469-81. 

What is already known:

The authors are based at the University Hospitals – Case Medical Center in Cleveland, and are experienced in ERAS for colorectal surgery. The senior author has published widely in the area.

What this paper adds:

This paper describes the nurses role in setting up a successful ERAS program in a number of different surgical specialities. In particular, it stresses the importance of nurses to patient education, assisting patients in meeting ambulatory and dietary targets, providing effective analgesia and ensuring the pathways are successfully followed (including auditing compliance).

Chris Jones, Guildford.