INDIA – Manipal Hospitals has become Southeast Asia’s first healthcare provider to receive the ERAS (Enhanced recovery after surgery) certification.

This program is extremely beneficial to a variety of healthcare fields, including oncology, gynecology, and gastroenterology.

This is consistent with the increasing use of technology in healthcare, which is assisting doctors and multi-disciplinary surgeons in broadening their fields of study through evidence-based programs.

ERAS has assisted Manipal Hospitals’ multidisciplinary surgeons in achieving exceptional results in post-surgery care in their respective areas of healthcare – far ahead of traditional post-surgery care in India.

ERAS programs, which have been applied across the globe have been shown to improve clinical outcomes in patient who undergo surgeries.

The implementation of ERAS brings with it a wide range of benefits, including a reduction in complications, a shorter length of stay in the hospital for the patient, reduced postoperative pain, and better and faster recovery.

These result in the patient being mobilized sooner after surgery and having a lower risk of rehospitalization.

The move will help the Bengaluru-based hospital chain make more beds available for patients and boost its average revenue per occupied bed.

Manipal Hospitals is the first in Southeast Asia to be certified for ERAS implementation. To obtain this certification, the hospital’s multidisciplinary surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and nutritionists underwent a comprehensive training program in which all parameters were met.

The ERAS program has three components: pre-operative optimization, intraoperative gold directed therapy, and postoperative strategies.

These parameters meticulously provide for preoperative counseling for patients and families, optimization of nutrition and fluid intakes, minimal fasting with a carbohydrate beverage before anesthesia, and other regimens.

Unlike traditional surgeries, patients can return to a normal diet after surgery and achieve easy mobilization in the comfort of their own homes.

A total of 507 patients participated in the pilot program, and anticipates to enforce all the new practices at all its Bengaluru branches within the next six months.

ERAS benefits various spectrums of surgeries including colorectal, gynecology, orthopedic, pancreaticoduodenectomy, hepatectomy, gastrectomy, esophagectomy and oncology.

The implementation of the ERAS program was possible through the teamwork of Manipal Hospitals’ doctors and other staff.

Patients who were part of the pilot were given a carbohydrate drink prior to the surgery and put on a liquid diet for seven days after the operation, among other things.

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