Are you looking to reduce complications and support shorter hospital stays and safer transitions after colorectal surgery? Access the Enhanced Recovery Canada™ (ERC) Clinical Pathway for Colorectal Surgery.
Based on surgical best practices, this clinical resource for colorectal surgeries provides guidance on all stages of the patient’s journey, from pre-admission to post discharge. It supports a multidisciplinary team approach and can be used by providers across the continuum of surgical care.
If implemented consistently, these strategies improve patient experience and reduce length of stay, complication rates and hospital readmissions – all valuable outcomes at a time when healthcare systems are under serious pressure.
This resource also includes a template for physician orders as well as a data collection and measurement resource.
A complementary set of resources for patients undergoing colorectal surgery is also available.
Based on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) surgical best practices that put the quadruple aim within reach, the ERC colorectal clinical pathway is built on six core pillars:
This clinical pathway has been developed for surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, other providers involved in the delivery of care of patients undergoing routine elective colorectal surgery, and healthcare leaders.
The purpose of this clinical pathway is to provide practitioners in Canada with evidence-informed strategies to improve surgical outcomes in colorectal patients.
The pathway applies to adult patients undergoing routine elective colorectal surgery performed with either open or minimally invasive routes (laparoscopic, or robotic).
This clinical pathway was developed by a diverse group of experts from various healthcare fields and patients from across the country. A patient and family engagement working group developed the patient resources complementary to the clinical pathway, ensuring the patient perspective was integrated and prioritized throughout.