Enhanced recovery after surgery in patients with colorectal cancer: a non-systematic summary of the evidence
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Enhanced recovery after surgery in patients with colorectal cancer: a non-systematic summary of the evidence

Ivone Sousa Deputy sister, General Surgery, Leicester General Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the principles behind enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS)

  • To familiarise yourself with the benefits of ERAS in people with colorectal cancer

  • To increase your knowledge of the role of nurses in providing ERAS

Patients with colorectal cancer may require colorectal surgery as part of their treatment. Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) is an evidence-based multimodal pathway that improves patients’ outcomes by attending to specific aspects of patients’ needs from pre-admission to post-discharge. This article reports findings of a non-systematic review of the literature on ERAS in the context of patients undergoing colorectal surgery. Evidence suggests that ERAS improves patients’ outcomes by decreasing post-surgical complications and therefore reducing length of stay in hospital. The article also discusses how nurses are fundamental to the implementation of an ERAS pathway.

Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2020.e1690

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

Ivone.M.Sousa@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Sousa I (2020) Enhanced recovery after surgery in patients with colorectal cancer: a non-systematic summary of the evidence. Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2020.e1690

Published online: 26 August 2020

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