Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocols

Apr 18, 2024

In recent years, many hospitals and health systems have been actively implementing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols and opioid reduction initiatives. These efforts stem from a collective commitment to improving patient outcomes, enhancing recovery experiences, and addressing the opioid crisis head-on.

Summa Health, a nonprofit, integrated health care delivery system in Northeast Ohio, is committed to providing the highest quality, compassionate care to their patients and contributing to a healthier community. The Department of Anesthesia at Summa Health recognizes that the operating room (OR) can be an entry point to opioid addiction. Summa Health has consequently committed to combat opioid overuse, improve patient outcomes, and shorten hospital stays through a hospital-wide improvement process utilizing postoperative opioid-free pain management protocols and specifically focused on the surgical patient throughout their surgical episode of care.

Click here to read about the great work coming out of Summa Health, spearheaded by Dr. Thomas Mark and his team.