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11/14/2017 5:00 PM

Enhanced Recovery Canada  (ERC) is well-positioned to improve surgical safety across the country.  Since the group was formed earlier this year, a project charter, governance structure and position statement have been developed and stable funding has been secured. Enhanced Recovery Canada recently reached out to a number of industry partners and over $500,000 has been committed over five years to fund the work of the project.  

An Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) project plan has been finalized. Membership supporting the six guideline working groups is being determined. These guideline working groups will develop clinical pathways based on six core ERAS evidence informed principles: patient engagement, nutrition, mobility, perioperative fluid management, multimodal pain management and evidence-based surgical best practices. 

The first clinical pathway being developed will support colorectal surgery. A knowledge management specialist from Alberta Health Services' Guideline Resource Unit (GURU) has been hired to support the guideline working groups gather existing evidence and defining any gaps that may need to be addressed. Colorectal pathways will be launched during the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society Conference in June 2018. The work will then spread to other surgical types, incorporating the colorectal pathways that can be more broadly applied.

Enhanced Recovery Canada members are looking to raise the visibility of the project.  Presentations have been made at a number of conferences and members will highlight their activities at a number of events to be held in 2018. In addition, a six-part Enhanced Recovery After Surgery video interview with Dr. Henrik Kehlet is now available on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute's ERC webpage. Click here to view the video series. 

"I am very pleased with the momentum that has been maintained by our partners group. The passion and interest of our industry partners is very evident," says Carla Williams, Patient Safety Improvement Lead, Canadian Patient Safety Institute. We have a lot of irons in the fire to ensure the long term sustainability of Enhanced Recovery Canada."

Visit www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca to learn more about Enhanced Recover After Surgery and Enhanced Recovery Canada.