Baptist Health Madisonville: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery
This evidence-based approach to surgical care improves the outcomes of our surgical patients. Learn more about the benefits of ERAS on the Baptist Health blog.
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery in Madisonville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Erin Crook, APRN, Preoperative Education
Enhanced recovery after surgery, also known as ERAS, is an evidence-based approach to surgical care that was designed to improve the outcomes of our surgical patients. The ERAS process is initiated when a surgeon initially identifies the patient in the office. We go over their expectations, go over any questions or concerns that they may have. We discuss optimizing them to their best physical capabilities. The week or so before surgery, we like them to get at least 15 minutes per day of physical activity.
The goals of ERAS are to better prepare the patient for surgery, both physically and emotionally. We also want earlier return of bowel function, we want to shorten their stay at the hospital, and we of course want to prevent post-operative complications, such as pneumonia, blood clots and surgical infections.
Traditionally, after surgery, patients were often given opioid pain medications, but with the multimodal analgesia, they are getting Tylenol®, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, local anesthetics. All of these things are preventing them from having to use opioid medications as much. So, ultimately, if we can decrease the use of opioid medications, then this would result in better outcomes for our patients.
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