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  • Enhanced Recovery Canada

Resources for Orthopaedic Surgeries

Resources for Providers and Leaders

Want to reduce complications and support shorter hospital stays and safer transitions after surgery? Access the Enhanced Recovery Canada™ (ERC) Orthopedic Clinical Pathway for Inpatient and Outpatient Hip and Knee Replacement. This pathway follows the patient experience from pre-admission to post discharge and has been built on six core pillars:

  • patient and family engagement
  • nutrition management
  • fluid and hydration management
  • early mobility and physical activity
  • surgical best practices
  • pain management with fewer narcotics (multi-modal opioid-sparing analgesia)

This resource also includes a template for physician orders as well as a data collection and measurement resource, both of which are aligned with the ERC Pathways.

Download the pathway

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

Patients, their family members and other caregivers are critical to surgical recovery. That’s why patient and family engagement is a core pillar of Enhanced Recovery Canada™. The following patient and caregiver resources have been developed based on the Orthopaedic Surgery Pathway (for Inpatient and Outpatient Hip and Knee Replacement) can help patients feel better and recover faster after surgery:

Download the guide for hip replacement


Download the guide for knee replacement

This resource may be customized to reflect relevant site-specific details by contacting Karen Brown

In addition to the patient booklet, here are brief animations to help guide you through each phase of your surgical experience. 

Check out the Hip Replacement animations 


Check out the Knee Replacement animations 

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