Baptist Health Lexington: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a treatment protocol for surgeries that helps patients return to their daily routine faster. By following the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program, Baptist Health supports your post-operative recovery.
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) HealthTalks Transcript
Lindsay Bowles, RN:
When we use enhanced recovery protocols here at Baptist Health, we are watching your surgical stress response, which means that we are hoping to reduce your post-operative pain. We are getting you up sooner after surgery, and we are letting you eat sooner after surgery. We’re hoping to reduce your length of stay, reduce your complications, and give better outcomes.
Thomas Broster, MD:
We think you can get out of a hospital in a day, or two days, or three days … it depends on what the procedure is. Give them an expectation, give them a goal. Make them part of the process, so the patient becomes part of the solution. A lot of people now, with the narcotic thing, we talk to them about maybe we can get you out of here and not have to use a lot of narcotics. A lot of people really get excited about that. The more they learn, the more they ask questions, the more they’re involved.
Jeremy Wells, MD:
The patient’s role in Enhanced Recovery After Surgery is to better equip their bodies for surgery, staying in shape, eating healthy meals, reducing their alcohol and tobacco consumption as well as increasing their quality of sleep.
The outcome that we’re seeing right now for the enhanced recovery program are very good. We’re seeing patients go home sooner. They’re saying that they’re having less pain after surgery. We’re seeing less readmissions with these patients and they seem to be happier.