The Controversies of Mechanical Bowel and Oral Antibiotic Preparation in Elective Colorectal Surgery

Brief summary: After including the results of two recent randomised controlled trials, this updated meta-analysis suggests that oral antibiotics alone or a combination of mechanical bowel preparation and oral antibiotics is superior to no bowel preparation in patients undergoing colorectal surgery when surgical site infection and anastomotic leak rates are considered.

The article is available here.

Prof Dileep Lobo

UPDATE – The 2020 Joint Congress of ERAS Society and ERAS USA has been postponed until 2021

The organizers of the 2020 Joint Congress of ERAS Society and ERAS USA have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the World Health Organization (WHO).  We have also been actively following travel advisories and restrictions placed on hospitals and institutions, and stay-at-home orders in countries around the world.  While we all had hoped to come together in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA this August for our Joint Congress, we firmly believe that putting the health, safety and wellbeing of our attendees, and their patients and families, comes first.  It is with heavy hearts that ERAS Joint Congress has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone our 2020 Congress, and move it forward to July of 2021.

Full details including information on abstract submissions, registration, and refunds will be sent out shortly.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the best way to make this convenient for our members, attendees and industry partners.

Over 103,000 views of the ERAS Society and ERAS Cardiac Society Guidelines

Guidelines for Perioperative Care in Cardiac Surgery Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society Recommendations

JAMA Surgery has reported that the ERAS Society and ERAS Cardiac Society Guidelines were the highest viewed paper in 2019 in the journal. JAMA Surgery is the first surgical journal to reach double digits in impact factor with 10.7 and is now the worlds highest ranking surgical journal! The views exceeded 103,000 with the second scoring paper at around 31,000. We congratulate Dan Engelamn and the entire team behind this milestone achievement reflecting the impact and importance of ERAS as it is moving across different specialties.

Read the full editorial here

ERAS USA launched

usaerasThe ERAS USA ( the ERAS Chapter for the USA of the ERAS Society was launched in Washington DC. ERAS USA will work alongside ERAS Society for the further development of ERAS in the USA and worldwide in a range of surgical disciplines, as well as running educational activities and ERAS implementation programs across the USA. Professor Tonia Young-Fadok, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale is the first president of ERAS USA.

Brazilian ERAS Implementation Program completed

skarmavbild-2016-11-01-kl-12-02-47Two hospitals in Brazil just finished the 1st ERAS Society Implementation Program; The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paolo and Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre. Both hospitals show excellent change management yielding good outcome results. The Training was performed under the regional leadership of Professor Adrian Alvarez, The Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires Vice President off ERAS Implementation for LATAM, alongside ERAS coach Valerie Addor from CHUV Lausanne with the assistance of Profs Olle Ljungqvist, Sweden and Nicolas Demartines, CHUV, Switzerland.

Successful 1st Singapore ERAS symposia

img_6313Tan Toc Seng Hospital hosted the 1st ERAS Society symposia in Singapore attracting more than 200 participants. The TTSH team has completed the ERAS Society Implementation Program with successful outcomes and is in the planning to start offering this training to other units in Singapore and the region. These results of this training also made headlines in the local press. For more information about upcoming actions in ERAS locally, please click here