The Role of the Recovery Room in Improving Adherence During an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Implementation Program for Colorectal Surgery: A Single Center Retrospective Analysis

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      The purpose of thisstudy was to evaluate the clinical impact of the Recovery Room (RR) in an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathway in colorectal surgery.


      Single-center retrospective study.


      From November 2019 until September 2021, a total of 149 consecutive patients that underwent to colon-rectal surgery were enrolled. The patients were divided into two study groups: RR Group if admitted to RR after surgery, and no-Recovery Room (NRR) Group if monitored directly on the ward, bypassing the RR. The postoperative ERAS items adherence was assessed in the two study groups.


      Final analysis included 119 patients in the RR Group and 30 patients in NRR Group. Patients that started clear liquid oral intake within two hours postoperatively were 118 in the RR group and 19 in the NRR group (99.1% vs 63.3%, P < .001). A total of 98 patients and 18 patients were mobilized on day 0 in the RR group and in NRR group, respectively (84.4% vs 15.5%, P < .05). In the RR group, postoperative adherence to the ERAS protocol components was higher in comparison with the NRR group (P < .003); adherence to the all protocol components was also higher (P < .004).


      Among patients undergoing colorectal surgery admitted to RR after surgery, the RR nurse guaranteed effective patient assistance and ensured appropriate compliance to the postoperative ERAS items.


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