COVID-19 update to the ERAS® Interactive Audit System

The ERAS® Interactive Audit System, can now also be used to track your patient’s Covid-19 status. This will be beneficial for surgical teams to keep track of the patient’s Covid-19 status and identify how the patient’s Covid-19 status affects the outcome of care.

The selection items are based on the WHO Clinical Coding for Covid-19. Since some studies show long term effects in COVID patients, this data can be used to study how these cases respond to recovery after surgery in the long run.

The ERAS® Interactive Audit System comes with a set of protocols based on the ERAS® Society published guidelines and is used to register, measure, and audit your patient’s perioperative care process.

If you are using an audit system for ERAS® practice, there are some parameters that may be of high value to you for planning backlog surgeries and identifying the best perioperative measures. Please read more here.

Please contact Encare directly if you have questions regarding the ERAS® Interactive Audit System and how to implement ERAS®.

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.

Click here to access the article.

“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