These guidelines do not establish a standard of care to be followed in every case. It is recognized that each case is different and those individuals involved in providing health care are expected to use their judgment in determining what is in the best interests of the patient based on the circumstances existing at the time. It is impossible to anticipate all possible situations that may exist and to prepare guidelines for each. Accordingly, these guidelines should guide care with the understanding that departures from them may be required at times.
Objective of the Care Process Model
The objective for the Sports Medicine Surgery Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) pathway is to minimize the variation of care for the patient undergoing shoulder, elbow, knee, or ankle surgery. In the last several decades the application of ERAS principles has led to significant improvements in various surgeries regarding length of stay, opioid use, pain control, and return to diet.
Anesthesiologists; Pediatric orthopedic surgeons; Nurse practitioners; OR nurses
Children's Mercy Kansas City, "Sports Medicine ERAS" (2023). Clinical Pathways.