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Enhanced recovery after surgery: UPMC program evaluation

King, Gregory (2017) Enhanced recovery after surgery: UPMC program evaluation. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a perioperative technique aimed at reducing the stress surgery has on surgical patients. ERAS was created in Europe in the 1990’s by a professor named Henrik Kehlet of Denmark. Its protocols have spread from its origin to all over the world, becoming scientific-based medicine. In July 2015, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) began its own ERAS program as a physician lead initiative. UPMC ERAS program has seen impressive reductions in post-operative length-of-stay (post-op LOS), readmission, and patient controlled analgesia (PCA) utilization. In addition to patient care improvement, UPMC has received financial benefits from its ERAS program in the form of direct variable cost reductions. According to the CDC Foundation, “Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of the families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious disease.” ERAS is relevant to public health because its protocols protect patients from the shock of surgery, improve their recovery time, and prevent complications after surgical procedures.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
King, GregoryGRK29@pitt.eduGRK29
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFriede, Samuelfriede@pitt.edufriedeUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberEsper, Stephensae51@pitt.edusae51UNSPECIFIED
Date: 22 March 2017
Date Type: Publication
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2017 19:16
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2022 10:55


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