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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways promote an evidence based, multidisciplinary approach to patient care aimed at facilitating faster recovery from surgery, decreasing hospital length of stay, and minimizing post-operative complications. From scheduling through discharge, all phases of perioperative care are incorporated into ERAS pathways.  

ERAS Pathway:

Associated tools with this ERAS:

Inclusion and exclusion criteria


  • Bypass cases  
  • Coarctation of aorta cases.  
  • Vascular ring cases.  
  • Patients > 6 months of age.  
  • Patients with American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Physical Status I, II, or III.


  • Repeat sternotomy cases.  
  • Single ventricle physiology.  
  • Pre-op inpatients. 

Committee members involved in the development: 

  • J. Huffman, MD, FASA | Anesthesiology | Committee Co-chair  
  • C Taylor, MD | Anesthesiology | Committee Co-chair  
  • W. Douglas, MD | Cardiac Surgery | Committee Member  
  • A. Panchal, MD | Critical Care Medicine | Committee Member  
  • L. Malloy Walton, DO, MPH | Cardiology| Committee Member  
  • R. Hulse, MSN, APRN, PCNS, CPN | Anesthesiology | Committee Member  
  • R, Juhl, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC, CCRN | Heart Center | Committee Member  
  • S. Lagergren, APRN | Heart Center | Committee Member  
  • M. McGraw, MSN, RN, CPNP | Heart Center | Committee Member  
  • T. Glenski, MD, MSHA, FASA | Anesthesiology, Evidence Based Practice | Committee Member 
  • A. Melanson, OTD, OTR/L | Evidence Based Practice | Committee Member 

Publication dates: 

  • Finalized date: July 2022 
  • Next expected revision date: 2025 

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