Development of a clinical pathway for enhanced recovery in colorectal surgery: a Canadian collaboration

Can J Surg. 2020 Jan 16;63(1):E19-E20. doi: 10.1503/cjs.006819.


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a model of care that was introduced in the late 1990s by a group of surgeons in Europe. The model consists of a number of evidence-based principles that support better outcomes for surgical patients, including improved patient experience, reduced length of stay in hospital, decreased complication rates and fewer hospital readmissions. A number of Canadian surgical care teams have already adopted ERAS principles and have reported positive outcomes. Arising from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s Integrated Patient Safety Action Plan for Surgical Care Safety, and with support from numerous partner organizations from across the country, Enhanced Recovery Canada is leading the drive to improve surgical safety across the country and help disseminate these ERAS principles. We discuss the development of a multidisciplinary clinical pathway for elective colorectal surgery to help guide Canadian clinicians.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Colorectal Surgery / standards*
  • Critical Pathways / standards*
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery / standards*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team / standards*
  • Patient Safety / standards*