National Orthopaedic Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Quality Improvement Collaborative

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About the project

The aim of the National Orthopaedic ERAS Quality Improvement Collaborative is to have all patients needing Elective Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty for Hip, Elective Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty for Knee and all patients with Acute Treatment for Patients with Fractured Neck of Femur (#NOF) managed according to ERAS principles by December 2014.

ERAS is a patient-centred method of optimising surgical outcomes by improving both the patient experience and ensuring they receive optimal care. ERAS means reducing waste in the form of cancelled operations, reducing harm by reducing length of stay in hospitals, and reducing variation in care and clinical outcomes by making sure that all patients in all DHBs undergoing total hip and knee arthroplasty and with fractured neck of femur receive consistently high level of care and make faster recoveries as a result.

Additional information

For more detailed information on the National Orthopaedic ERAS Quality Improvement Collaborative please visit eras.hiirc.org.nz for ERAS resources. This is a private site for all DHBs participating in the collaborative. It is a place where you can share documents, tools, links, videos and literature, as well as learn more about the collaborative.

“Enhanced Recovery is an evidence-based approach to care. It is designed to prepare patients for, and reduce the total impact of, surgery, helping them to recover more quickly. It is a multi-modal approach similar to that of care bundles.”

Henrik Kehlet

Professor of perioperative therapy
Head of Section of surgical pathophysiology,
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University