ERAS protocol may benefit surgical patients

09/30/2013 | General Surgery News (free registration)

Patients who underwent elective colorectal surgery followed by the enhanced recovery after surgery protocol known as ERAS fared better than their counterparts who received usual care. The treatment group had shorter post-operative hospital stays, used less pain medication and were less likely to be readmitted within 30 days. Transesophageal echocardiography was an important fluid volume monitoring tool that would be necessary for hospitals wanting to implement the ERAS protocol, experts said.

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