Partners HealthCare hospitals are testing a new approach to surgery that could reduce complications and speed recovery time, according to an article on WBUR’s Commonwealth. Called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), the protocols challenge traditional surgical practices, now allowing patients to drink fluids before surgery and limiting the use of narcotics as a last resort.

As a result, Brigham and Women’s Hospital has found fewer complications in colorectal patients. Cardiac events dropped by 90 percent; there were 66 fewer surgical site infections, and patients left the hospital two days earlier.

Read more on WBUR’s Commonwealth.