Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: A Review in JAMA Surgery


On the 11th January 2017, Olle Ljungqvist, Michael Scott, and Ken Fearon published an excellent ERAS review article in JAMA Surgery.

The article outlines the rationale for ERAS, details it’s implementation across the surgical specialities, the outcomes achieved, the financial benefits, and the future for ERAS.

Click here to go to the JAMA website in order to access the article free.

Click here to read an expert review of the article by Bill Fawcett.

ERAS – Gynaecology Webcast

Enhanced Recovery: The New Standard for Perioperative Care in Gynaecologic Oncology

Join the Webcast live Jan. 16, 2017


We’re excited to present SGO’s first live webcast from the Mayo Clinic on Jan. 16, 2017, at 12 noon Central (GMT – 6:00). If you are not available at this time, as always, you may register for this program on demand.

Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) is the wave of the future for many specialties, including Gynaecologic Oncology.  Our session on ERAS at the 2016 annual meeting generated much conversation and requests for further education on the subject.  This series will teach you the history, guidelines and tools for implementation of an ERAS program at your institution.

Experts in this emerging field will present up to date information and real world experience.

Each installment will have a specific focus.

January 16, 2017 – Session I: What is ERAS and how can it help us? – Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, MD, Sean Dowdy, MD, and Gregg Nelson, MD

  • History and background of ERAS
  • Generating buy in as a cost saving technique
  • Importance of monitoring protocol compliance
  • Outcomes data
  • Full team engagement

April 19, 2017 – Session II: Implementing ERAS, the Nuts and Bolts – Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, MD, Sean Dowdy, MD, and Pedro Ramirez, MD

  • Educating staff and patients on ERAS protocol
  • Managing expectations
  • Data capture
  • Tools for quality improvement
  • Monitoring your program

Please join us for this live session, and have your questions answered in real time.  This program is presented through SGO’s Education Portal, Connect Ed.

Register here http://sgo.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=87100

Updated ERAS reading list

Thank you to Dorthe Hjort Jakobsen for updating the bibliography page within the Nursing and AHP section of the website.

This is a fantastic resource for all involved in ERAS with a reading list highlighting the key papers in the areas of nursing, patient information, patient and relative satisfaction, and implementation. Click here to go directly to the page.

ERAS Seminar Report – Cape Town, South Africa

Eighteen months after registering their first ERAS patient, the team in Cape Town held their first education seminar on Monday 26th September 2016. 73 delegates from four Cape Town hospitals attended the daylong meeting, with representatives from all the professions involved in the ERAS multi-disciplinary team.

Thank you to ERAS Nurse Co-Ordinator, Fiona Pieterse for this great report and pictures.

ERAS Seminar Report – Cape Town

ERAS Nursing group bids farewell to Dorthe Hjort Jakobsen

dortheIt is with a heavy heart that we must say farewell to our friend and colleague Dorthe Hjort Jakobsen. After chairing the ERAS Society Nursing Group for several years, Dorthe has decided to step down and concentrate on her role as local improvement facilitator in Denmark. She will continue to keep a watchful eye on the ERAS Society’s work and will remain a useful resource for anyone that needs her advice and support in the future.

Dorthe has worked closely with Prof Henrik Kehlet for over the last 2 decades and if Henrik is described as the Godfather or the King of ERAS, then Dorthe is the Queen!! Prof Fearon often referred to Dorthe as “The ERAS Queen!” Her early contribution to the role of the nurse in “Fast-Trak” was instrumental to the development of our current roles as ERAS Nurses.

She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and has published several papers within “Fast-Trak” and ERAS care pathways and the role of the nurse within these pathways. She has always been an advocate for multi-disciplinary team working and for the nurse to be recognised as a clinical practitioner whose role was just as important as any other member of the team. The cornerstone of any successful ERAS pathway is the team and Dorthe always strived to promote that.

When asked, Dorthe feels very mixed emotions; sad to be stepping down as chair of this group but excited that ERAS programmes are being implemented on such an international scale. She is very proud of the accomplishments the ERAS Nurses have achieved over the last 20 years and she has enjoyed meeting and advising many nurses and teams about “fast-trak” and ERAS programmes since its original inception in the mid-1990’s.

She would like to see the Nursing group and the ERAS website used more as helpful resources for nurses:

“The website should be used as a place for inspiration – examples of nursing care plans/ diaries and of course, the patient perspective. I love that the Patient Voice videos are on there! We should get some more stories from patients and their families. After all – we all want the same thing – better outcomes for our patients!”

angieIn the interim, it is with an even heavier heart (just kidding) that I have agreed to be interim chair of the ERAS Nursing Group. “My name is Angie Balfour and I have been an ERAS nurse for just a little while (since 1994) so I guess it’s only fair that the 2nd oldest ERAS nurse takes over this role!!”

I have been the ERAS nurse in Edinburgh for several years working under the very watchful and supportive guidance of Prof Ken Fearon who sadly passed away at the beginning of September. The role of ERAS Nurse was very important to him and the fact that there are now lots of ERAS Nurses around the globe had made him and the other founding members of the ERAS Society very proud.

With that in mind – it is my job to make sure we use this nursing group – to ask questions – to share experiences and lessons learned – to meet at congresses for G & T.

My contact details are:


07896 293201

Thank you very much Dorthe for all you hard work over the years – it has been a tremendous honour and privilege to work with you.

Angie Balfour.

ERAS USA launched

usaerasThe ERAS USA (erasusa.org) 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.