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2020 May 14

ANZ J Surg

Feasibility study of an online modifiable Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocol with specific focus on opioid avoidance.


Ceuppens C, Dudi-Venkata NN, Lee YD, Beh YZ, Bedrikovetski S, Thomas ML, Kroon HM, Sammour T
ANZ J Surg. 2020 May 14.
PMID: 32407004.


The high and increasing rate of opioid use is a serious issue in the Western world affecting the population's physical and mental health. In most cases, opioid dependency starts with prescriptions by medical professionals, so efforts aimed at reducing in-hospital opioid use should result in less long-term dependency. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the feasibility of implementing an opioid-scarce protocol as part of a new online modifiable Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (mERAS) programme.