Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a treatment method that enables patients to recover faster. ERAS uses treatments based on scientific data, with a team focus, and the patient becomes an active participant in their care. The aim is to develop less invasive treatments by limiting the impact of procedures on the body and mind, allowing patients to recover and get back on their feet faster.
It provides for the comprehensive care of patients (pre, intra and post-operative), encompassing the following :
- Pre-operative care : Informing the patient, avoiding systematic colonic preparation, avoiding systematic premedication, adopting a novel fasting approach (6 hours for solids and 2 hours for liquids), taking sweetened drinks and delivering immunonutrition when necessary.
- Intra-operative care : Laparoscopic approach, limitation of infusions, administration of corticosteroids, prevention of hypothermia, prevention of post-operative nausea and vomiting, performance of antibiotic prophylaxis, no drainage when possible ; including bladder catheterisation.
- Post-operative care : Administration of multimodal analgesia, administration of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for a short duration, early mobilisation and nutrition.
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It mobilises all healthcare professionals – surgeons, anaesthetists, primary care physicians, physiotherapists, nurses, auxiliary nurses and nutritionists – and reinforces team cohesion.
The ERAS programme has, for patients, truly “revolutionised” the management of surgical procedures on a physical, psychological and social level.
What is the basis of ERAS?
- Patients are “active participants in their own care”,
- Advanced non-invasive surgical techniques,
- Dedicated anaesthetic care,
- Close coordination with the paramedical teams,
- Personalised monitoring.
By choosing treatment under the ERAS programme, patients become active participants in their own recovery. They are familiar with every step of their care pathway and the targets they will have to meet before they can return home safely. They also know exactly what they can and cannot do when they get home.
What are the benefits of ERAS?
- It has been proven that implementing the ERAS programme significantly reduces the risk of post-operative complications.
- Patients return home more quickly and safely and are less likely to contract a nosocomial infection (an infection contracted in hospital that is unrelated to the condition for which the patient was admitted).
- These benefits are felt by patients (better treatment, fewer complications, rapid mobilisation, better post-operative comfort, less pain) and the medical teams (common and shared tasks). It also enhances the role of paramedical staff and reduces healthcare costs (fewer complications and shorter stays).