Optimizing Nutrition Before & After Surgery: The ERAS Protocol

Publish Date: 31 October 2019
Author(s): Julie Richards, Lacresha Johnson

Abstract:

In this article published in the Spring 2019 issue of National Black Nurses Association News, Julie Richards (MS, RDN, LDN) and Lacresha Johnson review nutrition elements of ERAS protocols and describe how nurses play a key role in nutrition care before and after surgery.


The article discusses:

  • Changes in nutrition care practices for elective surgery patients
  • Avoiding malnutrition before and after surgery
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols

Author Bios

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Julie Richards, MS, RDN, LDN, is a nutrition consultant for Abbott Nutrition. She holds a master’s degree in medical dietetics from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and kinesiology from Miami University.

Lacresha Johnson is a graduate student in Nutrition and at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), 2019-2020 Public Health Dietetic Intern at a CWRU, and a Research Assistant in the Tobacco, Obesity, Oncology Lab (TOOL) in the Office of Cancer Disparities Research (OCDR) at CWRU. She is passionate about eliminating health disparities with proper nutrition, health education, and advocating for policy changes that foster healthier food systems.

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