ERAS Protocols Improve Patient Outcomes and Reduce Opioid Use

The ERAS Protocols Improve Patient Outcomes and Reduce Opioid Use course was presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2017 as part of a larger panel session focused on surgical perioperative strategies to reduce opioid consumption while maintaining safe and effective pain control. 

In this course, Thomas Aloia, MD, FACS, shares his best practices for implementing an opioid-sparing protocol during his patients' hepatectomies. 

The ERAS Protocols Improve Patient Outcomes and Reduce Opioid Use course, offered by the American College of Surgeons Division of Education, is intended for use only by the course participant. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Learning Objective

Illustrate how enhanced recovery protocols can be used to improve patient outcomes and decrease the need for postsurgical opioids.

Course Outline

  • ERAS Protocols Improve Patient Outcomes and Reduce Opioid Use
  • Sample Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocol

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents
  • Professional health care providers


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest (see below for definitions).

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

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Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.

Faculty Disclosures

Thomas A. Aloia, MD  - Nothing to Disclose
Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology
Division of Surgery, Director of Quality and Outcomes
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX


Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 0.5 credit meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 0.5 hours meet the requirements for Opioid/Pain Management.*

*The content of this activity may meet certain mandates of regulatory bodies. Please note that ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying the content satisfies such requirements.

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Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Certificate of Completion
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