ERAS® teams at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, USA ERAS® Qualified

Staff at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

We would like to congratulate the three ERAS® teams at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, USA, for having reached the ERAS® Qualification in the Colorectal, Liver and Pancreas surgical service lines.

The multidisciplinary team work was led by Dr Andrew DiFronzo, Dr Vikram Attaluri, Nina Wellington as ERAS® Team Performance Improvement Consultant and ERAS® program coordinator Larnita McDaniel. They were trained and coached by ERAS® Society representatives including Prof Tonia Young-Fadok of Mayo Clinic, Prof Olle Ljungqvist of Örebro University, ERAS® nurse Angie Balfour,Edinburgh and Sr Data Mgr Allyson Cochran, Atrium-Carolinas Medical Center.

In becoming an ERAS® Qualified Center, the teams used Encare’s solution, the ERAS® Interactive Audit System (EIAS) for registration, audit and follow up. Through the help of the ERAS® trainers and coaches as well as the EIAS, were able to demonstrate documented and consistent improvements towards the ERAS® Society guidelines, i.e more efficient work processes, multidisciplinary team work, etc – all leading to significantly improved overall patient outcome.

Further, additional service lines within urology and thoracic-lung surgery are being implemented by two different teams, targeting ERAS® Qualification soon.

We wish them continued success in sustaining their good results and spreading ERAS® throughout the organization!

Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest healthcare providers in the US including 39 hospitals throughout the US. Los Angeles Medical Center is one of the Kaiser flagship centers which is now rolling out ERAS®.

To learn more how to become ERAS® Qualified, please read here.

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