Authors’ Reply: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Low and Middle-Income Countries

World Journal of Surgery, May 2018

Kelly McQueen, Ravi Oodit, Miliard Derbew, Paulin Banguti, Olle Ljungqvist

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Authors’ Reply: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Low and Middle-Income Countries

Authors' Reply: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Low and Middle-Income Countries Kelly McQueen 0 1 2 3 4 Ravi Oodit 0 1 2 3 4 Miliard Derbew 0 1 2 3 4 Paulin Banguti 0 1 2 3 4 Olle Ljungqvist 0 1 2 3 4 Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 0 University of Cape Town , Cape Town , South Africa 1 Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University , Nashville , South Africa 2 & Kelly McQueen 3 Orebro Universitet , O ̈ rebro , Sweden 4 Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda , Kigali , Rwanda the spectrum of resource levels between and within countries will be complicated. Implementing ERAS protocols will require collaboration not only within countries, but throughout regions and with the support of local and regional colleges of surgeons and societies of anesthesiologists. We believe that this sustained effort will be especially valuable as the scale up to the goals of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery progress toward 2030 [3]. We look forward to collaborating with many experts across the globe, including you and your colleagues, as ERAS is planned for and implemented in LMICs. Sincerely, Kelly McQueen Ravi Oodit Miliard Derbew Paulin Banguti Olle Ljungqvist - Dear Dr. Felipe Quezada, Thank you for your important comments on our article Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Low and MiddleIncome Countries (LMICs) [ 1 ]. We value your perspectives on the implementation and challenges of ERAS in countries such as Chile, and we look forward to proposing specific recommendations for both in the near future. We recognize that there are significant differences in available resources for health between countries with the World Bank economic designation of upper-middle, lowermiddle and lower income [ 2 ]. Chile is currently categorized as an upper-middle income country, and as such has infrastructure and resources that allow for ERAS protocols and processes, but as you point there will be challenges and demands that are specific to Chile and therefore may require adjustment of the current ERAS guidelines and protocols. Our evaluation of and planning for ERAS in LMICs is in the earliest stages, and we will be considering the processes and protocols for each economic level, very likely with specific consideration for each hospital level in the lowermiddle and low income countries. Crafting ERAS processes and protocols to be successful in reducing complications and improving outcomes across 1. McQueen KA ( 2018 ) Enhanced recovery after surgery for low and middle-income countries . World J Surg 42 : 950 - 952 . https://doi. org/10.1007/s00268-018-4481-5 2. The World Bank. New Country Classifications of Income Level 2017 -2018. https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/edutech/new-coun try -classifications-income- level- 2017 -2018. Accessed 17 Mar 2018 3. Meara JG , Leather AJ , Hagander L et al ( 2015 ) Global surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development . Lancet 386 : 569 - 624


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Kelly McQueen, Ravi Oodit, Miliard Derbew, Paulin Banguti, Olle Ljungqvist. Authors’ Reply: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Low and Middle-Income Countries, World Journal of Surgery, 2018, 1-1, DOI: 10.1007/s00268-018-4652-4