Article Abstract

Enhanced recovery pathways in thoracic surgery from Italian VATS group: nursing care program

Authors: Nicoletta Pia Ardò, Domenico Loizzi, Silvana Panariti, Ivana Piccinin, Francesco Sollitto

Abstract

ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) is an interprofessional program that can lead to hastened patient recovery and reduced time in hospital. Nursing staff play a key role in the implementation of enhanced recovery protocols. This issue focalizes the role of nurses in ERAS program for patients submitted to Thoracic Surgery, in particular for cases of major lung resection performed by a minimally invasive surgical approach (VATS, video assisted thoracic surgery).