The story behind ERAS® Cardiac.


Who we are

ERAS® stands for Enhanced Recovery after Surgery, and we improve surgical care and recovery through research, education, audit, and implementation of evidence-based practices. In early 2017, a group of cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, and intensivists first met to establish the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERACS) Society to achieve these goals for patients undergoing heart surgery. This initial organization’s work led to the publication of the first-ever expert consensus recommendations for a cardiac surgical enhanced recovery protocol. We have since joined with the ERAS® Society and have established an organization of multinational experts representing all aspects of healthcare delivery. ERAS® Cardiac is a non-profit organization with the mission to develop evidence-based expert consensus statements promoting best practice recovery practices. The goal is to provide hospitals with better guidance for developing local protocols that are part of a continuous quality improvement process for better patient care, and reduce postoperative complications and costs after heart surgery.

ERAS® Society

The ERAS® Society is an international organization with enhanced recovery guidelines for several surgical sub-specialties. Beginning as the ERAS® Study Group in 2001, team leaders Professor Ken Fearon (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Olle Ljungqvist (Karolinska Insitutet) spearheaded the developments made in multimodal surgical care. The ERAS® Study Group soon discovered that there were a variety of local traditions in practice, as well as an inconsistent application of evidence-based best practices. This prompted the group to examine the process of change from tradition to best-practice. Since its inception, the ERAS® Society has expanded to include several subspecialties, emphasized the benefits of standardized best-practices across the continuum of the perioperative period, highlighted the importance of data-driven self-evaluation, and promoted the improvement of patient care.

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Our organizational structure

Our ERAS® Cardiac Society is made up of experts from around the world, including participation from all members of the healthcare team. Our members strive to implement enhanced recovery principals at their local institutions while advancing improved patient care internationally through collaboration, education, and dissemination of up-to-date knowledge regarding optimal perioperative care. Our organization is divided into an Executive Board, Advisory Board, and a pool of Subject Matter Experts.

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