The program has been shown to reduce length of stay, complications, and costs for colorectal surgery patients.
The patient safety team at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality will be introducing "enhanced recovery after surgery" (ERAS) protocols to 750 US hospitals.
The Hopkins team will help hospitals adopt the approach through its Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP).
CUSP as "a five-step culture change intervention that engages front-line healthcare staff members in preventing harm." It is designed to "overcome the lack of local buy-in that often dooms improvement efforts."
Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, director of the Armstrong Institute, said in statement that the program will combine the ERAS and the CUSP approaches "together into one coordinated, unified program where everyone—clinicians, patients, and their loved ones—understand what they must do for the best possible outcome."