Call for papers focussing on Nursing and Allied Health Professional research in ERAS

There is an open call for papers focussing on Nursing and Allied Health Professional research in ERAS.

The journal Medicina has an open Special Issue titled “Nursing and Allied Health Professional Focused Research on Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS)”. It is calling for articles that highlight the innovative work undertaken by nurses and allied health professionals within ERAS pathways across all surgical specialties.

Research led by or involving nurses, operating department practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, radiographers, healthcare assistants, or any other non-medical professionals involved in ERAS is being welcomed. This includes research from work conducted at the pre-operative, intra-operative, post-operative, and post-discharge stage.

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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.

ERAS® Society USA Chapter and Office of National Drug Control Policy Webinar – Recording Now Available

Webinar on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS): Medical education engagement to support safe prescribing for patients needing surgery

This webinar, which included prominent ERAS leaders including ERAS® USA President-Elect Dr. Michael Scott and ERAS® USA Past President Dr. Tonia Young-Fadok, was designed for health care leaders to learn about the National Drug Control Strategy and how the surgical community has an important role in optimal surgical outcomes as well as safe prescribing education, prevention, and referral to addiction services. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) with the assistance of ERAS USA have organized this webinar. The Public Health, Education and Treatment team hopes to utilize this webinar as an opportunity to communicate the Administration’s support for safe prescribing practices and the role of the entire health care community in leading the path in both prevention as well as treatment for those who need surgical care.

ERAS® Society Executive Committee Statement regarding surgery and anaesthesia during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the world and affecting all of us gravely. It impacts upon surgical practice substantially by necessitating cancellation or postponement of the majority of elective operations to create capacity for the management of patients in need of treatment for COVID-19. Several countries, surgical societies, national associations and journals have published guidelines on how to manage these patients, many of which can be found with a simple internet search using “COVID-19 Guidelines for surgery”. There are also case series soon to be published showing how units have managed their patients during this crisis. The ERAS® Society chooses not to publish guidelines on this topic but rather point to the fact that for the patients who do undergo elective surgery, it is now more important than ever before to implement ERAS® pathways, given the increased importance to avoid complications, intensive care admission and to have patients in a condition to leave the hospital as soon as possible.

It must also be highlighted that at present there is little or no scientific evidence to base recommendations for the treatment of COVID-19 patients undergoing surgery, but at this point in the development of knowledge it is relying on opinion and use of information from other pathogens in different situations that will shape any future guidelines.

Professor Olle Ljungqvist
Professor Gregg Nelson
Dr Hans De Boer
Professor Nicolas Demartines
Professor Dileep Lobo
Professor Michael Scott
Professor William Fawcett
Ms Angie Balfour

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

Textbook now available to order! ERAS – A Complete Guide to Optimizing Outcomes

The text book “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery A Complete Guide to Optimizing Outcomes” edited by Prof Olle Ljungqvist, Prof Nader Francis, and Prof Richard Urman is now available to order on the Springer website.

The book Provides a broad and comprehensive overview of ERAS with expert opinions from leaders in the field regarding elements of care that are both generic and specific to various surgeries First comprehensive, authoritative book on the subject that covers the patient journey through such a program, commencing with optimization of the patient’s condition, patient education, and conditioning of their expectations Discusses metabolic response to surgery, anaesthetic contributions, and optimal fluid management after surgery, providing examples of ERAS pathways and practical tips on post-operative pain control, feeding, mobilization, and criteria for discharge Helps an existing user of ERAS care and centers with established programs by outlining causes of deviation and failure and suggesting modifications that may be necessary

Save the date – International Surgical Week (ISW) 2021 – Aug 29-Sep 2, 2021, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia






Engaging and insightful, the International Surgical Week (ISW) 2021 will be unlike any other meeting. Offering scientific excellence in the field of surgery at an affordable price, the event will bring together many of the world’s leading experts. ISW 2021 will also provide a platform for scientific and clinical working groups where they can collaborate to establish the foundations for future diagnostic and surgical challenges, and discuss novel approaches and standards, facilitating progress towards real-time, patient-oriented solutions.

For more information visit or visit The International Society of Surgery website



Guidelines for Perioperative Care in Cardiac Surgery – Now over 107,000 views/downloads

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

We are delighted to report that the “Guidelines for Perioperative Care in Cardiac Surgery Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society Recommendations” published in JAMA Surgery in August, 2019, have now received over 107,000 views/downloads since its release. Further to this, the manuscript has achieved an Altimetric attention score of 322, which makes it one of the top research outputs scored by this group. JAMA Surgery is the highest impact factor peer reviewed surgical journal, with an impact factor of 10.668, and this article was the most viewed manuscript in 2019.

We are pleased that our contribution has garnered so much attention from our peers in cardiac surgery, cardiac anesthesia, critical care, and nursing. We look forward to continuing to standardize best practice surrounding the perioperative care of cardiac surgical patients through expert consensus, review of the literature, and open communication.

Congratulations to the ERAS® CARDIAC Board of Directors and Authors