The highest goal in healthcare is to provide high-quality care, safe and effective care for our patients that facilitates the best possible outcomes be it after their surgery or any other part of their healthcare journey. Pain and its management is one of the top determinants of quality of care, spe
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The highest goal in healthcare is to provide high-quality care, safe and effective care for our patients that facilitates the best possible outcomes be it after their surgery or any other part of their healthcare journey. Pain and its management is one of the top determinants of quality of care, speed of recovery and the patient/families satisfaction. Join me in this episode with Dr. Elizabeth Ross. MD as we talk about how ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) pathways have not just revolutionized the peri-oprative care of patients, but their pain and entire healthcare experience throughout the system! Dr. Elizabeth is a pediatric regional and acute pain service anesthesiologist at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital. She explains what ERAS is all about, how to get started, identify partners, increase team engagement, collaboration and the widespread quality, efficiency and financial gains as result. Ultimately, it improves satisfaction for patients/families and healthcare professionals, alike. Takeaways In This Episode: What ERAS is. How Dr. Ross became involved in the ERAS work. The difference between a protocol and a pathway What the standardization of pathways/ERAS mean for clinical judgement and hoe it affects clinicians' autonomy in caring for their unique patients A step by step breakdown of the ERAS pathway process Engaging the multidisciplinary team members in coordination and delivery of consistent, high quality, safe and cost-effective care Other areas of healthcare which benefit from the ERAS approach Measuring the right outcomes when utilizing and assessing the impact of ERAS How to get started with implementation of ERAS in your area of care How ERAS is great for building team collaboration between interdisciplinary teams of healthcare professionals Links Elizabeth Ross, MD ERAS FREE Clinicians Pain Evaluation Toolkit Proactive Pain Solutions About the Guest Elizabeth Ross MD Dr. Elizabeth Ross is a pediatric anesthesiologist at UNC-Chapel Hill where she has been on the faculty for the past 7 years. She's a member of the Pediatric Acute Pain Service, and specializes in regional anesthesia. She leads the ERAS efforts at UNC and also serve as the Trauma Liaison for pediatric anesthesia. She's also active in her department's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, and serves as a University Ally. She plays a key role in the medical student, resident and fellow interviews, selection and education.