Category: Events

Collaborative Outcomes Congress: Slides, graphic recordings, videos, and photos posted!

The BC Enhanced Recovery Collaborative held its official closing event on January 12, 2016 in Vancouver. It was a day of celebration and learning, a day to discuss accomplishments and the challenges that remained. All 10 Collaborative teams presented their experience and results from the past 13 months of working together on increasing capacity in Enhanced Recovery in BC and improving outcomes for their elective colorectal surgery patients. The results of the Collaborative as a whole – both qualitative and quantitative – were also presented.

We were very fortunate to have as our guest keynote speakers Dr. Henrik Kehlet from Denmark and Tracy Wasylak from Alberta. Both shared their critical perspectives and drew our attention back to the evidence, while urging us to look forward at systemic transformation and impact.

All presentations, graphic recordings, videos, and photos can be found here or follow the Outcomes Congress & Learning Sessions tab above.

Thank you to everyone who attended; it was an inspiring day!

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED! Dr. Henrik Kehlet & Tracy Wasylak – ERAS Collaborative Outcomes Congress, Jan 12

The Enhanced Recovery Collaborative Outcomes Congress is an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, share lessons, results, and experiences with hospitals from across BC, and discuss the future of ERAS in the province with multi-disciplinary clinicians, executive leaders, patients, the Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders.

Keynote Speakers:

Henrik Kehlet is Professor of Perioperative Therapy at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University, Denmark. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK, the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the German Surgical Society and the German Anaesthesiological Society. Professor Kehlet’s research interests have focused on surgical pathophysiology, acute pain physiology and treatment, the transition from acute to chronic pain, postoperative fatigue and organ dysfunction. These efforts have condensed to form the concept of ‘fast-track surgery’ with the aim of achieving the ‘pain and risk-free operation’. Professor Kehlet has published more than 900 scientific articles and has given more than 300 invited lectures at international scientific meetings, including several honorary lectures. In 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) presented Dr. Kehlet with the Excellence in Research Award.

Tracy Wasylak is the Senior Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks with Alberta Health Services; she also serves as the Senior Provincial Director of the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network (SSCN), which has supported successful ERAS implementation in multiple sites across Alberta. She is a strong, innovative leader who has held numerous senior leadership roles within Alberta Health Services and the previous Calgary Health Region including Vice President, Rockyview General Hospital and South West Community Portfolio, Vice President, South Health Campus and also the Co-Lead of the Bone and Joint Clinical Network. She has an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Manitoba, Masters Degree in Science (thesis) from McGill University and graduated from the EXTRA Program through the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She is an active Canadian Health Services Executive through the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Tracy also holds an adjunct professor appointment, with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.

Registration is now open!!

Click here to go to the event page.

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Learning Session 3: Presentations & Graphic Recordings Posted!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the third ERAS Collaborative Learning Session in Vancouver on September 29, 2015. Our 11 Collaborative teams were joined by representatives from eight new BC hospitals, which made for a geographically diverse and multi-disciplinary day.


  • We reviewed new clinical guidance on goal-directed fluid therapy and pre-operative carbohydrate loading, and provided feedback to the Anesthesia Community of Practice.
  • We discussed the role of family physicians in ERAS and surgical optimization interventions.
  • We created a shared vision of pre-optimization in an ERAS setting.
  • We got an international perspective of ERAS implementation from Collaborative members who attended the World Congress on ERAS & Perioperative Medicine.
  • We planned for the sustainability of ERAS in our own sites.
  • We learned about rolling ERAS out to urology patients.
  • We learned from an ERAS patient about how clinicians can improve the patient’s experience by reducing their fear and instilling confidence.

Click here to view the session’s presentations and graphic recordings.

Here’s a hint of what you’ll find…

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Tools: Island Health Presentation on Role of Family Physicians in ERAS

On September 2, 2015, Island Health hosted a Physician Forum on the important role of family physicians in a patient’s ERAS journey. The presentations were given by Dr. Sarah Pearce (GP-Anesthesia, ERAS Physician Lead, Campbell River Hospital) and Dr. Leanne Wood (General Surgeon, Head of Surgery, Campbell River Hospital).

Learning Objectives:

1) ERAS requires a multidisciplinary team to deliver homogenous evidence-based care. Review the FP’s crucial role within that team in Campbell River.

2) Develop a functional knowledge of core ERAS elements, understanding how several targets vary from traditional practices.

3) Review preop optimization and education goals.

4) Review evidence-based strategies for navigating common postop obstacles while complying with ERAS goals.

Thank you to Drs. Pearce and Wood for sharing their presentation, which can be found under Tools, in the Staff Training folder.

ERAS World Congress: Highlights from ERAS Collaborative participants

The Specialist Services Committee sponsored the participation of a multi-disciplinary group from the ERAS Collaborative to attend the ERAS World Congress, May 9-12, 2015, in Washington, DC. Please check out the ERAS Collaborative group’s report, which shares their highlights from the Congress, including ERAS implementation ideas presented by ERAS teams from international sites.

Learning Session 2: Presentations posted

The ERAS Collaborative held its second Learning Session on April 1, 2015 in Vancouver. The event aimed to deepen our knowledge about the ERAS pathway, gather new implementation ideas from other sites, support change within our organizations, and perhaps most importantly, to connect with our colleagues from across disciplines and across the province. Please check out the full agenda and fantastic presentations on real-time auditing, pre-op nutrition, the hypotensive patient, culture & communication, and team updates, which have been posted under the Learning Session 2 tab. Thank you to all participants, speakers, and organizers!