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AHRQ Safety Program for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery
May 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hospitals interested in joining the national AHRQ funded ERAS project are invited to join us for an introductory webinar with the project leaders from the American College of Surgeons and John Hopkins on May 5, 2017 at 10am CT to learn more about the free program. The webinar will provide an overview of the ERAS program and highlight the education and data platform available for participating hospitals. Tennessee Center for Patient Safety will serve as a state coordinating entity to support hospitals in the project. The first ERAS cohort will focus on colorectal surgeries and begins in June.
ERAS is a clinical care pathway and approach to surgical care that promotes the delivery of evidence-based perioperative care and reduces variability.
Key elements of ERAS include:
• Patient and family engagement, including counseling about expectations for surgery and recovery.
• State-of-the-art analgesia, which minimizes the use of narcotics and promotes multimodal analgesia.
• Early mobility and restoration of functional status.
• Avoidance of prolonged periods of fasting.
• Evidence-based best practices for surgical site infections
(SSI), venous thromboembolism (VTE), and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention.