Moffitt Urologists and Anesthesiologists Implement New Protocol to Improve Recovery after Bladder Surgery

July 22, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. - In July 2015, Moffitt anesthesiologists and urologists formalized an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) protocol for patients whose entire bladder is removed. By working together they developed an ERAS program incorporating evidence-based best practices of urology and anesthesia and newer techniques and maneuvers in order to create a multidisciplinary approach to perioperative care. 

ERAS is comprehensive, covering all areas of a patient’s journey through surgery. The key factors that keep patients in the hospital after surgery include the need for administering medication intravenously and delayed recovery of bowel function. The central elements of the ERAS protocol address these key factors. In addition, the ERAS pathway provides a framework to all involved in perioperative care, helping them to work as a well-coordinated team to provide the best care. 

Since implementing ERAS:

  • Patient stay has been reduced by an average of one day.
  • Physicians began using narcotic sparing anesthetic technique due to incorporation of intraoperative thoracic epidural analgesia using local anesthetic.
  • Intraoperatively, patients receive goal directed fluid therapy, which uses a cardiac stroke volume optimization algorithm.
  • Patients have required less intraoperative blood transfusions.
  • Hospital charges have decreased by approximately $3,500/person.
  • Communication between providers and patients has been standardized, consistent and greatly improved.
  • Rate of postoperative readmission has been reduced.

The team is examining the effect of ERAS on long-term outcomes such as incidence of complications at 30 and 90 days after surgery and cancer-specific outcomes such as rate of cancer recurrence.    

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