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you can recover better.



Cardiovascular disease causes the most deaths worldwide.


Estimated number of heart surgeries performed in North America in 2014.


Percentage of cardiac surgical morbidity that occurs outside of the operating room.


Reduction of time in hospital after an ERAS® Cardiac program was initiated.

It takes a large team of healthcare professionals to care for someone having heart surgery. Through a combination of knowledge, hard work, and cooperation, patients can have the best recovery possible.

The Society for Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERAS® Cardiac) mission is to optimize perioperative care of cardiac surgical patients through collaborative discovery, analysis, expert consensus, and dissemination of best practices.

In the news


The latest ERAS Cardiac Society's Newsletter is now available.

The latest ERAS Cardiac Society's Newsletter is now available.

The ERAS Cardiac Newsletter provides insight into current topics on enhanced recovery, new developments and research, Society news, as well as information on recent publications and upcoming meetings.

Highlights of the August 2021 Newsletter:

  • Digital patient engagement improves Healthcare value.
  • Measuring ionized magnesium in cardiac surgery.
  • Managing post-operative nausea and vomiting.
  • Patient and caregiver preferences and prioritized outcomes.
  • Recent ERAS-related publications.

Editor: Rawn Salenger MD

News Article

A friendship close to the heart.

A friendship close to the heart.

ERAS Cardiac Society member Dr. Jack Pirris is in the news following successful completion and excellent patient-centered outcomes of a multi-arterial CABG and rigid sternal fixation in a long-time friend. "A friendship close to the heart" is fantastic example of putting patients first.

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COVID-19 Online Resources

COVID-19 Online Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is dynamic. Our knowledge on the biology, epidemiology, public health, and clinical management changes daily. One of the additional challenges faced by healthcare providers is keeping up to date on the latest developments. Online resources can be very helpful, but there are a plethora of options to choose from.

We polled the members of the ERAS Cardiac Society to see which online resources they found helpful. Our only criteria were that the resources be available online, free of charge, and with no required membership. Below is the list of resources that they gave us.

Please note: this list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. There are many excellent resources available, these just happen to be the ones most frequently used by our members.

American College of Surgeons : COVID-19 and Surgery – Clinical Issues and Guidance


Brigham and Women’s Hospital COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines


CHEST: American College of Chest Physicians COVID-19 Resource Center


Critical Care Education Pandemic Preparedness (CCEPP) Project : Quick ICU Training for COVID-19 Website


Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Website: ECMO in COVID-19 Page


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) Website: COVID-19 Resources Page


International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) Website : Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources


JAMA Network Website : Coronavirus Resource Center


Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) COVID-19 Dashboard


Massachusetts General Hospital Website : COVID-19 Fast Literature Updates Page


New England Journal of Medicine Website : COVID-19


Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Website: COVID-19 Rapid Resource Center


Society of Thoracic Surgeons Website : COVID-19 Resources


Our recommendations

Our ERAS Cardiac Society members care about helping patients achieve the best recovery possible, and to help their healthcare team achieve this goal. To do this we have reviewed hundreds of publications to come up with a set of recommendations that we think can help improve the care and recovery of patients having heart surgery. We work hard everyday with experts around the world to find new ways to optimize the care people receive when they have their surgery.

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