Deadline for Abstract Submission:
20 October 2021 31 October 2021
Deadline for Early-Bird Registration:
20 October 2021 27 October 2021


Dr Grace Hui
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Hong Kong

  • Graduate from Faculty of Medicine of University of Hong Kong
  • Fellow of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiology
  • Overseas training at University Health Network, University of Toronto
  • Consultant Anaesthetist and Deputy Team Head of Pain Management Team in Department of Anaesthesiology and Operating Theatre Service in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH)
  • Program coordinator of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Program, QEH

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program – Challenges in Implementation

Enhanced recovery after surgery is a complex intervention comprising of many interventions spanning from moment of contemplation of surgery to discharge period after surgery, involving multiple stakeholders of different specialties. Implementation would be essential to get these evidence based perioperative measures into clinical practice. QEH has started development of ERAS program since 2017. There are barriers to implementation at various aspects and various levels in health institutions. It would be prudent to continuously assess and address challenges at this healthcare improvement venture. Leadership and change management would be prudent. In view of the wide gap in evidence and clinical practice, implementation science as a novel specialty would be a scientific way to explore the issue. Unique role of anaesthesiologists in development of perioperative medicine and effort of Hong Kong and global professional bodies to integrate training of perioperative physician and managerial skills into traditional anaesthesia specialist training are highlighted.