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Title: Results of a colorectal enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programme and a qualitative analysis of healthcare workers’ perspectives
Authors: Seow-En, Isaac
Wu, Jingting
Yang, Lily Wei Yun
Tan, Joel Shi Quan
Seah, Alvin Wan Hin
Foo, Fung Joon
Chang, Meihuan
Tang, Choong Leong
Tan, Emile Kwong Wei
Keywords: Colorectal surgery
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2021
Publisher: Elsevier (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Citation: Seow-En, Isaac, Wu, Jingting, Yang, Lily Wei Yun, Tan, Joel Shi Quan, Seah, Alvin Wan Hin, Foo, Fung Joon, Chang, Meihuan, Tang, Choong Leong, Tan, Emile Kwong Wei (2021-01-01). Results of a colorectal enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programme and a qualitative analysis of healthcare workers’ perspectives. Asian Journal of Surgery 44 (1) : 307-312. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Abstract: Background: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) is a structured programme using a multimodal, evidence-based approach to improve post-operative outcomes. Successful implementation of ERAS can be challenging. We aimed to evaluate our initial experience with colorectal ERAS and explore the perspectives of specialist doctors and nurses. Methods: From 1 June 2017 to 31 December 2017, all patients who underwent elective colorectal resection and met the ERAS inclusion criteria at the Department of Colorectal Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, were included in the study. Short-term outcomes were compared between patients with >70% compliance to key ERAS components versus those with ?70% compliance. Department staff were surveyed via questionnaire in July 2019. Results: Three hundred and fifteen patients were included in study. >70% ERAS compliance rate was achieved in 84 patients (26.7%). A higher compliance rate resulted in a significantly shorter length of stay of 6 (IQR 5–8) days vs. 7 (IQR 6–9.5) days (p = 0.025) and lower readmission rate of 3.6% (n = 3) vs. 4.8% (n = 11) (p = 0.042), as well as a trend towards reduced complication rate of 15.4% (n = 13) vs. 22.0% (n = 51) and earlier return to gastrointestinal function. There was a 100% questionnaire response amongst all 12 colorectal surgeons and 5 colorectal resident nurse practitioners. Conclusion: Increased adherence to the components of ERAS results in better early outcomes and may have long-term benefits on survival. Effective communication and professional support for the ERAS multi-disciplinary team, as well as understanding healthcare workers’ concerns and addressing long-standing practices, is essential for successful implementation of the programme. © 2020
Source Title: Asian Journal of Surgery
ISSN: 1015-9584
DOI: 10.1016/j.asjsur.2020.07.020
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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