EARLY RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY PROTOCOL
Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols are designed to improve clinical outcomes by optimizing nutrition before surgery. Research suggests that maintaining preoperative organ function can reduce the profound stress response many patients experience following surgery. The benefit? Shorter length of stay and fewer readmissions due to reduced infection rates and improved response to treatment. Recently, the medical team at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, IL ,worked with the TouchPoint nutrition team to implement ERAS protocols for joint replacement and GI surgery patients. With physician oversight, our dietitians have been working to put the following nutritional aspects of perioperative care into place: • Establishing preoperative nutrition of 15+ grams of protein per day two weeks prior to surgery • Replacing NPO with a high-carbohydrate liquid two hours prior to surgery • Encouraging post-discharge continuation of a high-protein diet • Educating patients and administering nutritional supplements
TouchPoint ’s clinical team is building protocols to support ERAS programming. ERAS protocols must be jointly planned and
implemented with your Ministry’s medical team.
The implementation of ERAS protocols at ABMC has led to reduced length of stay by 1.2 days for elective joint replacement surgery.
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