The quality of the care and services offered to patients depends in part on the advancement of knowledge and its alignment with patient needs. Several of the Initiative’s projects are therefore aimed at supporting professionals in the continuous improvement of their surgical practices in order to provide care that is increasingly adapted to the needs of families. Ultimately, these practices will allow caregivers to personalize their approach, hence enabling patients and families to feel more supported and enjoy a more streamlined care experience. Surgery-related research and training projects are therefore being developed within MUSCO.
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
Develop protocols to encourage Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) in pediatric care
MUSCO Strategic Goal
Ease the transfer of research innovations to clinics to the benefit of patients.
Oversee awareness, information and training activities for practitioners with regard to this new approach
Incorporate the ERAS approach into the pediatric surgical culture of partner institutions by 2023
Enable practitioners from different specialties to apply multiple ERAS protocols
Improve surgical safety for patients
Be a leader in the translation of this approach to a pediatric setting
Becomea national and international leader in the field
The development of ERAS protocols is one of the main projects undertaken as part of the Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation Chair in Pediatric Surgical Education and Patient and Family Centred Care.
The project involves developing and implementing a number of surgical protocols for enhanced recovery in pediatrics.
An initial pathway has been established for pectus excavatum and carinatum repair. A patient booklet has been drafted based on the experience of multiple families and patients who have gone through the procedure. The protocols described in the booklet are evidence-based and supported by the medical literature. Research on pectus excavatum and carinatum repair is constantly evolving and will continue to evolve even after the implementation of the protocols, which are now ready.
A collaborative venture is born!Montreal Children’s Hospital Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada
The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery pathway for the pectus excavatum and carinatum repair is the result of a close collaboration between the teams at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada. Teams from surgery, anesthesiology, nursing, physiotherapy, nutrition, social work and psychology have come together to form a single multidisciplinary team. More than 20 contributors from both sites have joined forces to develop this protocol, which could be implemented in both institutions.