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Faster Recovery from Colorectal Surgery Using an ERAS Program

By implementing a colorectal Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program in Epic, Wellstar Health System reduced length of stay by 32%, decreased readmissions by 24%, and prescribed 61% fewer opioids for patients undergoing colorectal procedures.

Wellstar configured support for its colorectal ERAS program in Epic. By having clinicians directly involved in designing the program and using data about outcomes to foster healthy competition between surgeons, Wellstar achieved a high level of surgical team adoption. Patients who were treated using the program had a 32% reduction in case mix index-adjusted LOS and a 24% reduction in readmissions. In addition, they were prescribed 61% fewer opioids, reducing the risk of dependence.

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