Consensus Guidelines for Perioperative Care in Neonatal Intestinal Surgery: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®) Society Recommendations

Mary E. Brindle*, Caraline McDiarmid, Kristin Short, Kathleen Miller, Ali MacRobie, Jennifer Y.K. Lam, Megan Brockel, Mehul V. Raval, Alexandra Howlett, Kyong Soon Lee, Martin Offringa, Kenneth Wong, David de Beer, Tomas Wester, Erik D. Skarsgard, Paul W. Wales, Annie Fecteau, Beth Haliburton, Susan M. Goobie, Gregg Nelson

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Background: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®) Society guidelines integrate evidence-based practices into multimodal care pathways that have improved outcomes in multiple adult surgical specialties. There are currently no pediatric ERAS® Society guidelines. We created an ERAS® guideline designed to enhance quality of care in neonatal intestinal resection surgery. Methods: A multidisciplinary guideline generation group defined the scope, population, and guideline topics. Systematic reviews were supplemented by targeted searching and expert identification to identify 3514 publications that were screened to develop and support recommendations. Final recommendations were determined through consensus and were assessed for evidence quality and recommendation strength. Parental input was attained throughout the process. Results: Final recommendations ranged from communication strategies to antibiotic use. Topics with poor-quality and conflicting evidence were eliminated. Several recommendations were combined. The quality of supporting evidence was variable. Seventeen final recommendations are included in the proposed guideline. Discussion: We have developed a comprehensive, evidence-based ERAS guideline for neonates undergoing intestinal resection surgery. This guideline, and its creation process, provides a foundation for future ERAS guideline development and can ultimately lead to improved perioperative care across a variety of pediatric surgical specialties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2482-2492
Number of pages11
JournalWorld journal of surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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