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ERAS reduced opioid use, improved same-day discharge after gyn surgery

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Monitor for unintended ERAS consequences

The ERAS pathway described by Dr. Carter-Brooks embraces the core tenets of enhanced recovery, including standardized patient education, multimodal analgesia, and predefined postoperative metrics, according to invited discussant Mark Walters, MD.

Dr. Mark Walters

Dr. Mark Walters

“They documented reduced patient stays and excellent patient satisfaction when they introduced these deliberate and systematic performance improvement practices,” he said. “But implementing these protocols doesn’t happen in a vacuum.”

In fact, systematic culture change requires the involvement of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and administrative staff, Dr. Walters added.

“Additionally, such significant behavioral changes inevitably result in unintended consequences that must be carefully documented to learn how to mitigate harm in future patients,” he said.

Dr. Walters is professor and vice chair of gynecology in the Center of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a consultant and teacher for Coloplast.



Eligible patients included those undergoing benign or oncologic gynecologic surgery with a planned overnight stay.

“Preliminary positive outcomes have been found [with ERAS] at our urban safety-net hospital, specifically in looking at decreased opioid use without a resultant total adverse event increase. It is important for us to continue to monitor ERAS in terms of long-term care to ensure adherence, safety, and effectiveness,” she said, adding that tracking of outcomes will continue, and a future goal is to assess impacts on cost.

Dr. Carter-Brooks’s study was supported by a National Institutes of Health grant. She and Ms. Fowler each reported having no disclosures.

SOURCES: Carter-Brooks C et al.; Fowler M et al. SGS 2018, Oral presentation 2; Oral posters 1 and 16.

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