New ERAS textbook now available to order “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery A Complete Guide to Optimizing Outcomes”
  • ERAS Society sessions in Shanghai viewed over 50,000 times

    The ERAS Society cooperated in arranging the OCAP2020 (Oriental Congress of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine) congress in Shanghai in October. This congress was huge success with more than 4,000 delegates in place at the venue in Shanghai and with more than 50,000 delegates attending the ERAS......

  • ERAS® Society 10th anniversary World day – 14th Nov 2020

        Join colleagues from around the world for the ERAS® Society 10th anniversary World day. This global webinar will take place on the 14th November, 2020 Clinical experts in the ERAS® Society from around the world will deliver a series of short lectures and discuss......

  • European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC)

    The ERAS® Society is a Specialist Society member of the newly renamed European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC). Previously the European Society of Anaesthesiology, ESAIC has more the 9,700 full members and more than 20,000 associate members. It remains the second largest Anaesthesia......

  • Pre-operative Patient Education – Bite Size Education Series Video

    This is a short interview with nurses Jennie Burch and Angie Balfour. It aims to highlight the importance of preoperative patient education, a cornerstone principle of ERAS, which aims to prepare patients for their operation and their recovery. Both Angie and Jennie have been working......

  • Registration now open for ERAS® Society 10th anniversary webinars on 14th Nov 2020

    Registration is now open for the previously announced, ERAS® Society 10th anniversary World day. This global webinar will take place on the 14th November, 2020 Clinical experts in the ERAS® Society from around the world will deliver a series of short lectures and discuss key ERAS® papers. Join the......

  • ERAS SOCIETY® 10th ANNIVERSARY – WORLD DAY

      We are delighted to announce a global ERAS SOCIETY® webinar on 14th November 2020 spaced several hours apart  for three different time zones. There will be a number of lectures and key papers with input from major contributors to Worldwide ERAS, including our Chairman, Professor Olle......

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

ERAS is a multimodal perioperative care pathway designed to achieve early recovery for patients undergoing major surgery.

ERAS represents a paradigm shift in perioperative care in two ways.  First, it re-examines traditional practices, replacing them with evidence-based best practices when necessary. Second, it is comprehensive in its scope, covering all areas of the patient”s journey through the surgical process.

The key factors that keep patients in the hospital after surgery include the need for parenteral analgesia, the need for intravenous fluids secondary to gut dysfunction, bed rest caused by lack of mobility.

The central elements of the ERAS pathway address these key factors, helping to clarify how they interact to affect patient recovery. In addition, the ERAS pathway provides guidance to all involved in perioperative care, helping them to work as a well-coordinated team to provide the best care.

Reduce care time by more than 30%

A recent study shows that ERAS programs allow patients to recover much faster after their operation and this reduces the need for hospital stay by about 30% or more than 2 days after major abdominal surgery. Despite earlier discharge from the hospital, readmissions did not increase (Greco et al. World Journal of Surgery 2014 38:1531-1541).

Reduce complications by up to 50%

ERAS reduce major complications after abdominal surgery by as much as 40%. In particular non-cardiac complications, such as those from the lungs and cardiovascular systems are markedly reduced (Greco et al. World Journal of Surgery 2014 38:1531-1541).