The Philippines – 1st National ERAS Congress
On September 8, 2016, The Medical City (TMC) hosted the country’s 1st National ERAS Congress at the Augusto M. Barcelon Auditorium, Pasig, Metro Manila. Conducted by the ERAS Team of the hospital and supervised by the ERAS Society, the congress was a huge success with more than 400 delegates attending.
Attendees were a mix of surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals, including hospital administrators, from all over the archipelago, many with the intention of possibly implementing ERAS in their respective institutions. The Congress boasted an excellent faculty headed by Prof. Olle Ljungqvist of Sweden, and speakers representing the only two ERAS Centres of Excellence in Asia – The Medical City in Manila and Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore.
Key management and quality assurance leaders of TMC were included in the programme, and also participating in the Congress were partners in industry with interest in ERAS who gave significant support for the TMC ERAS Team’s endeavors to educate and train other hospitals in the ERAS pathway. These companies were carefully selected by Congress organizers as being in line with the principles and protocols of ERAS, particularly with their products.