Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is an evidence-based, multimodal pathway developed to provide standardized care that improves patient outcomes after major surgery. Enhanced recovery pathways are well-defined perioperative programs applying evidence-based interventions in a protocol-like manner designed to standardize the care of the surgical patient in order to improve results and to reduce overall costs including earlier discharge from the hospital after surgery.

Target Audience

Anesthesiologists, Anesthesia Assistants, Surgeons, Physician Assistants and Allied Health Professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain evidence supporting ERAS as a best practice. 
  • Implement ERAS pathways leveraging a multidisciplinary team approach to improve patient care. 
Additional information

Olle Ljungqvist et al: Enhanced Recovery after Surgery A Review: JAMA Surgery 2017 152(3):292-298

American Society for Enhanced Recovery (ASER) and Perioperative Quality Initiative (POQI) joint consensus statement on perioperative fluid management within an enhanced recovery pathway for colorectal surgery. Thiele et al. Perioperative Medicine (2016) 5:24

Practice guidelines for Preoperative Fasting and the Use of Pharmacologic Agents to Reduce the Risk of Pulmonary Aspiration: Application to Healthy Patients Undergoing Elective Procedures. American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Preoperative Fasting the Use of Pharmacologic Agents to Reduce the Risk of Pulmonary Aspiration. Anesthesiology 2017; 126:376

Madani et al: Effectiveness of tamsulosin in prevention of post-operative urinary retention: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study. Int Braz J Urol.2014;40:30-6

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
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Luis A. de la Cruz, M.D., MBA
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
Director of Education, Department of Anesthesiology
Baptist Hospital of Miami
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine
FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Luis A. de la Cruz, M.D., MBA, author, indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
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