The evidence-based Colon and Rectal Surgery Enhanced Recovery Initiative went live on February 14, 2012. Hospital length of stay and patient outcomes were noticeably improved soon after implementation of this multi-disciplinary protocol. Many patients have recovered and been discharged on postoperative day 2, and many robotic patients on postoperative day 1. A collaborative effort to include specialists in Nutrition, Case Management, Social Work, Home Care, Patient Care Unit Nursing, Anesthesia, Pharmacy, and other related disciplines emphasizes preadmission education, carbohydrate loading, state-of-the-art pain management, early feeding, early mobilization, and comprehensive discharge planning as components of the protocol responsible for success of this program.
Dr. Cleary was awarded a $102,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan to fund this Enhanced Recovery Initiative. A research project dedicated to the study of the outcomes of this Initiative is in progress, the results of which will mature and be submitted for publication in 2014.
Learn more about the Enhanced Recovery Initiative.