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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!!

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Wall Street Journal Article on ERAS

Patients Bounce Back Faster From Surgery With Hospitals’ New Protocol

Clear liquids and pain meds before surgery, less IV fluid during and fewer narcotics afterward

By Laura Landro, The Wall Street Journal

Hospitals are starting to abandon the time-honored drill for surgery patients— including fasting, heavy IV fluids, powerful post-op narcotics and bed rest—amid growing evidence that the lack of nutrients, fluid overload and drug side effects can do more harm than good. [Unfortunately, you will need a subscription to the WSJ in order to read the full article.]

Award: 2015 SQAN Summer Studentship Program

Looking for a way to integrate students into your site’s ERAS implementation?

The Surgical Quality Action Network is excited to announce the third annual summer studentship awards in surgery for the summer of 2015.  The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, SQAN, the UBC Department of Surgery and the Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation (OPSEI) are offering surgery studentships to quality and safety improvement teams across the BC health authorities. This program offers students an opportunity to conduct meaningful quality improvement projects while gaining valuable experience in the BC health care setting.

Each award carries funding to support a stipend for an eight-week studentship.  Funding will also be available to support the creation of a poster or publication so that project teams can report project outcomes and enhance knowledge sharing. The application deadline is April 10, 2015 at 4:00pm. Please visit the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council SQAN website for more information.

Welcome to our website!

You are invited to explore this website where you will find information about the ERAS Collaborative in British Columbia, as well as a variety of tools to help you implement an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol at your site. Please check back often as new posts, documents, and other resources will be added regularly. If you would like to add a post to our forum, please sign up as a member. If your site would like to share ERAS materials on this website, please contact Angie Chan, Project Manager.