Date Added: 11/11/2016
Date Updated: 11/11/2016
Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs for hip and knee arthroplasty
Specialties: Orthopaedics, rheumatology & podiatry
Technology Type: Programmes
Stage of development: Investigational - phase III
Stage of EAA: Assessment Complete
The aim of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs is to standardise and optimise pre-, peri- and post-operative care to reduce length of hospital stay (LOS) without sacrificing patient outcomes. No universal orthopaedic ERAS program was identified and there was some variation between published programs. All identified programs; however, provided patient education, standardised analgesia and anaesthesia regimes, and encouraged early patient mobilisation.
Patient outcomes from one systematic review, two randomised controlled trials (RCT) and five non-randomised comparative studies on the use of ERAS programs for hip and/or knee arthroplasty are presented in this Technology Brief. Each of the primary studies compared the ERAS program to existing care procedures.