In the Literature

  1. Research published in JAMA Surgery revealed that implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols reduced length of hospital stays by 30% and post-surgical complications by up to 50%Link
  2. A 2018 Cleveland Clinic analysis found 83% of patients undergoing a colon surgery with an ERAS care pathway implemented did not require any opioids post-surgery, a result the researchers tied to overall shorter hospital stays and higher patient satisfaction scores.  Link
  3. In Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2014, researchers reported a 25% reduction in length of stay and a 72% reduction in median opioid consumption for patients undergoing care guided by Enhanced Recovery protocols.  Link
  4. In a BMJ analysis including 9,936 knee and hip surgery cases, ERAS was shown to significantly reduce length of hospital stay and post-operative complicationsLink
  5. A 2017 article in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, patient satisfaction scores improved markedly, costs were reduced by more than $3,000 per patient and average length of stay fell from 5.6 days to 2.5 days subsequent to ERAS implementation.  Link

In Summary

A December 2018 article entitled, “Beyond Surgery: Clinical and Economic Impact of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery” provided a comprehensive overview of this area of innovation.  Link
The article closed with the following:
  • ERAS has been proven for almost every major operation, yet it remains sporadically implemented.
  • ERAS is not magic. Rather, it is the systematic application of an evidence-based protocol that drives surgical transformation.
  • How long will patients still accept treatment at a non-ERAS hospital?