Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) for gastrointestinal surgery, part 2: consensus statement for anaesthesia practice

A. Feldheiser, O. Aziz, G. Baldini, B.P.B.W. Cox, K. C. H. Fearon, L. S. Feldman, T. J. Gan, R. H. Kennedy, O. Ljungqvist, D. N. Lobo, T. Miller, F. F. Radtke, T. Ruiz Garces, T. Schricker, M. J. Scott, J. K. Thacker, L. M. Ytrebo, F. Carli*

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Background: The present interdisciplinary consensus review proposes clinical considerations and recommendations for anaesthetic practice in patients undergoing gastrointestinal surgery with an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) programme. Methods: Studies were selected with particular attention being paid to meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials and large prospective cohort studies. For each item of the perioperative treatment pathway, available English-language literature was examined and reviewed. The group reached a consensus recommendation after critical appraisal of the literature. Results: This consensus statement demonstrates that anaesthesiologists control several preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative ERAS elements. Further research is needed to verify the strength of these recommendations. Conclusions: Based on the evidence available for each element of perioperative care pathways, the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS ((R))) Society presents a comprehensive consensus review, clinical considerations and recommendations for anaesthesia care in patients undergoing gastrointestinal surgery within an ERAS programme. This unified protocol facilitates involvement of anaesthesiologists in the implementation of the ERAS programmes and allows for comparison between centres and it eventually might facilitate the design of multi-institutional prospective and adequately powered randomized trials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-334
JournalActa Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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