First Chinese ERAS Society affiliated hospital

On the 18th August 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding between the ERAS Society and the First University Hospital of Lanzhou China was signed. Prof Li, president of the First University Hospital of Lanzhou signed, along with Prof Olle Ljungqvist and Prof Nicolas Demartines from the ERAS Society. The agreement proceeds the formal implementation of an HPB ERAS program in Lanzhou. This will be the first Chinese ERAS affiliated hospital!

The Post COVID-19 Surgical Backlog: Now is the Time to Implement ERAS

Members of the ERAS Society Executive Committee; Prof Olle Ljungqvist, Prof Gregg Nelson, and Prof Nicolas Demartines have just published an editorial in the World Journal of Surgery describing the post COVID-19 surgical backlog and the role ERAS can play in helping to deal with it.

Click here to access the article.

Enhanced recovery after surgery in paediatrics: a review of the literature

Congratulations to Prof Mary Brindle and colleagues on their new publication. The article compares the differences between enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), perioperative surgical home and fast-track surgery. It explains the various components of an ERAS protocol in paediatrics, and proposes future directions for multidisciplinary paediatric standardised care protocols.

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“Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: A Review” named in JAMA Surgery top 5 articles

As JAMA Surgery celebrates 100 years in publication, it has recently announced some important milestones

  • Impact Factor of 13.6, the highest ranking surgery journal in the world
  • Reaching nearly 100,000 readers each week via email alerts and social media
  • More than 8.3 million annual article views and downloads
  • More than 7,500 media mentions in 2019 and 2020, including 38 of the top 50 Altmetric scores for general surgery articles

It has also named the article “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: A Review” written by Prof Olle Ljungqvist, Prof Michael Scott, and Prof Kenneth Fearon as one of the top 5 articles in the journal.

Click here to read the article, which has been viewed over 42,000 times and cited 550 times.


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.

For more details click here

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.