Principles of ERAS & Why Now is the Time to Implement ERAS to Address the Post-COVID Surgical Backlog

Available as of November 13, 2020

A review of the fundamental principles of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), how they are relevant to improved surgical quality and outcomes, and the important role ERAS plays in addressing surgical backlog in the era of COVID-19.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the background and rationale of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS).
  • Be able to describe the key elements required for a successful ERAS program.
  • Summarize how ERAS implementation can help to address the COVID-19 related surgical backlog.


Ashley Hodes

Dr. Gregg Nelson

Dr. Nelson is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine and is Section Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (Calgary). His main research interest is the development and study of ERAS protocols in cancer surgery. He holds the position of Surgical Lead, ERAS Alberta and is also Secretary of the ERAS Society.

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