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What is Enhanced Recovery?

A multimodal perioperative care pathway, designed to achieve early recovery for patients undergoing major surgery. The Enhanced Recovery pathway encompasses all stages of a patient’s surgical experience—pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative—and depends on a collaborative effort from all perioperative health care providers.

Enhanced Recovery is a paradigm shift that allows clinicians to re-evaluate traditional practices and employ evidence based guidelines. Enhanced Recovery is not research, it’s goal is not to ascertain new knowledge, but rather to utilize established recommendations and standardize care. Enhanced Recovery eliminates the variability in care delivered, ensuring that all patients are receiving the highest quality of care here at UNC.