A new class is teaching patients what to expect after surgery. Bobbi Marino, an oncology nurse navigator with Lee Health, says one of the objectives of the ERAS class is to take away some of the fear of surgery. “Some of them have never had surgery, have never been in the hospital, they’re scared, and this does reduce some of their anxiety.”
Marino teaches a class using ERAS protocols to prepare patients on what to expect after surgery. “It stands for enhanced recovery after surgery. Cape Coral was actually the first hospital in the state of Florida to pilot this last year. This year they’ve started rolling it out to Gulf Coast and Lee Memorial and now they’re getting ready to roll it out to HealthPark.”
Patients who have taken the class have shown a decrease in hospital stays and surgical site infections, and an increase in patient satisfaction. “It’s not only an educational tool for the patients, it’s an educational tool for all of health care because it’s a whole different process,” said Marino.
Patients needing colorectal surgeries or upper GI surgeries will attend an ERAS class one to two weeks before surgery. “It reviews what to expect, the different stages, it comes along with a diary, a daily diary so they can follow along and check off what they’ve done. It’s a lot of pre-hab and it’s giving the patient an active participant role,” said Marino.
It also educates patients on any medical or lifestyle changes they need to make before surgery. “If I can get them to optimize their pre-habilitation within that amount of time, with their diet, their exercise, and follow along in the diary the things that need to be done, that alone will optimize their recovery after surgery,” said Marino.
Offering patients comfort and education before surgery can help them have the best recovery possible after surgery.
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