ERAS® Society Website Newsletter

March 2018

With just over 2 months to go before the 6th ERAS ® Society Congress in Stockholm, excitement is rising as delegates, speakers, organisers and sponsors prepare for what promises to be a wonderful occasion in one of the world’s most picturesque cities.

If you have followed the Society for a while, you will have observed that the website has undergone some marked changes and is a key point of contact for many, especially around our Congress. If you haven’t viewed the website before now, Welcome! We have over 100,000 hits per year from all over the world.

Our website is regularly updated with news, reports on meetings and ERAS Society guidelines which are free to download and expert reviews. In addition there are details of your own countries societies websites  and contacts for centres of excellence and details of our interactive audit system

Please also follow us on twitter @ErasSociety. We have nearly 1400 followers to date! Also, do please contact us if you have any queries, questions or comments at 

We hope to welcome you to Stockholm in May!

Bill Fawcett and Tom Wainwright  

Website Editors 

2nd Prehabilitation World Conference, 27-29 June 2018, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

The ERAS Society is pleased to support our colleagues hosting the 2nd Prehabilitation World Conference, which will be held June 27th-29th 2018 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The conference will be very relevant for those interested in ERAS, with worldwide experts in prehabilitation, training, nutrition, mental support, perioperative care and outcomes, sharing their knowledge, in order to allow you to start prehabilitation or improve your current program.

Click here to visit the conference website for all the details

ERAS World Congress 2018 – UEMS accredited


The ERAS world Congress 2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists.

ERAS 2018 is designated for a maximum of, or up to 17 European CME credits (ECMEC).

Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

The ERAS Society Executive Committee is expanding

The ERAS Society Executive Committee is introducing a new position: Chairman of the ERAS Implementation Program. This is a fast growing program already available in leading institutions in more than 25 countries on every continent around the world. This is one of the most important missions of the Society, supporting the use of updated evidence based perioperative care giving important improvements in outcomes for an ever growing number of patients worldwide. This program will be further strengthened by the institution of a special group working specifically on issues related to implementation and that is represented at the core of the Society.


Professor Nicolas Demartines and his team from CHUV in Lausanne has world leading experiences in implementation of ERAS around the world, and the Society is very pleased to have him lead this key mission by taking on the position as Chairman of the ERAS Implementation Program. As Professor Demartines is taking on this new position, he leaves the post of Treasurer for the Society where he has successfully served for several years and on behalf of the Society I thank him for his excellent, devoted and loyal service to the Society in this position and wish him luck on the new mission.


New Treasurer: Hans de Boer, MD PhD, Consultant Anesthesiologist and Pain specialist from the Martini General Hospital Groningen, The Netherlands is appointed Treasurer of the ERAS Society. Dr de Boer has a long standing academic interest in muscle relaxation during anesthesia and surgery and has published award winning work in this field. He has lead his team in Groningen to a very successful implementation of ERAS and is currently the lead of an ERAS Center of Excellence. He has many years of experience from involvements in different medical societies both nationally and internationally and it is with great pleasure we welcome him to join the ERAS Society Executive Committee in this important position.


Olle Ljungqvist

Chairman ERAS Society Executive Committee

Abstracts from ERAS nurses and AHPs wanted for ERAS Congress 2018

ERAS is a team effort and we want to encourage and highlight more of the innovative work undertaken by nurses and allied health professionals at our 2018 conference.

If you are a nurse, operating department practitioner, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietician, pharmacist, radiographer, health care assistant, or any other non-medial professional involved in ERAS, we would love to receive an abstract from you.

Full details on how to submit an abstract are here

The ASGBI International Surgical Congress, Liverpool, 9-11th May 2018

The ASGBI 2018 International Surgical Congress will be held in Liverpool from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th May 2018. The theme of the Congress is “Surgical Teams”, and is therefore especially relevant to the successful delivery of ERAS.

As we know, surgical services are now delivered by multi-disciplinary, multi-professional teams, and that collaborative teamwork has significant benefits in increasing efficiency, improving clinical outcomes, fostering innovation and delivering phenomenal academic and research opportunities. Therefore it is great that the ASGBI have chose this for the conference focus in 2018. For more information click here.


Report from the inaugural conference of the Swedish chapter of the ERAS Society – SwERAS 2017

The first annual SwERAS conference was successfully held in November 2017, with 130 participants from a variety of professions and medical specialties. Twenty different hospitals, from three countries, were represented.

The lectures included both basic strategies of the ERAS program and a number of inspiring examples from ERAS – hospitals in Sweden. Karolinska Huddinge presented their work with enhanced recovery after esophageal resection. Capio S:t Göran had a presentation of their algorithm concerning high risk patients. Skaraborgs Sjukhus Skövde showed the results from a study where the patients were interviewed about their experience of an ERAS treatment.

A short introduction of how to extract information out of the EIAS database was held. Encare is planning for a full day EIAS education during 2018.

Validation of the EIAS database is vital for extraction of correct data. Both for benchmarking within each hospital and for future research. SwERAS is therefore planning for a national validation program during 2018 – 2019 of each Swedish hospital that participates in an ERAS program.

One highlight of the two days was our guest speaker Professor Mike Scott. He addressed the anesthetist’s role in an ERAS program on the first day of the conference and implications of ERAS on health economy in the care of elderly on the second day.

There was also plenty of time at coffee breaks and at lunch to network with other colleagues and get practical tips and tricks how to implement and how to maintain the ERAS spirit.

The 2nd SwERAS conference will be held in Stockholm on the 22 – 23 of November 2018. You are very welcome to join us!

Lars Johansen

Message from Professor Olle Ljungqvist, Chairman of ERAS® Society Executive Committee

Dear ERAS Friends,

The year just passed, 2017 was yet another important ERAS year where ERAS and the ERAS® Society have made some major steps forward, thanks to the important contributions by many excellent ERAS colleagues others around the world.

A 5th ERAS World Congress very successfully run in Lyon, and many regional and local events were held around the world.

New guidelines in Head and Neck cancer and Breast reconstruction were published and several of the ERAS Guidelines are now available on the ERAS® Interactive Audit System and are now in use in implementation programs across the world. As this is being written, more guidelines are being finalized, and updates of older ones are under way to cover a growing range of surgical disciplines. The ERAS® Society guidelines have huge impact as shown by record high citations (Google shows more than 1000 citations for our top scoring paper, and many guidelines with several hundred citations) and many, many more are downloaded. Several published guidelines are being used on the Societies growing platform for research and development. During 2017 the ERAS® Society research support group started to be formed aiming to build an organization to use the data we are collecting around the world to gain new insights and knowledge.

A growing number of Centers of Excellence trained to run the ERAS Implementation Programs are available and starting these programs thereby moving into the second wave of ERAS implementation in several countries.   In Latin America, the ERAS LATAM Society was formed, building the basis for leading centers in a number of countries joining the ERAS® Society network. ERAS® USA held its first and very successful congress in Dallas assembling number of leading centers around the USA. Similarly, the ERAS teams in Manilla and Singapore are moving ahead in Asia with a growing interest from number of neighboring and nearby countries, as well as in Africa. There is more and more interest in joining our ERAS programs from large health care providers both in Europe, the USA and elsewhere, as well as a fast-growing interest from industry to support our work.

Given the successes and rapid growth of ERAS in a number of domains we are looking forward to the challenges of 2018 with a few highlight events already scheduled; The 6th ERAS® World Congress May 23-25 in my own home town Stockholm, Sweden. The program is outstanding and can be viewed at the website. A number of national and regional ERAS events are planned as well as a growing number of ERAS Implementation Programs. Please check with your national representative for more information.

We have a very exciting time ahead and a mission to develop further – but for now, let me wish you all the very best for the New Year and bid you all welcome to Stockholm!