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  1. News Article
    The high-profile Australian neurosurgeon Charlie Teo admits making an error by going “too far” and damaging a patient, but maintains she was told of the risks. The doctor on Monday appeared at a medical disciplinary hearing to explain how two women patients ended up with catastrophic brain injuries. Teo also defended allegations that he acted inappropriately by slapping a patient in an attempt to rouse her after surgery, contrasting it with Will Smith’s notorious slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards last year. “It wakes them up and it wakes them up pretty quickly. And I will continue to do it.” Charlie Teo tells inquiry he ‘did the wrong thing’ in surgery that left patient in vegetative state One of the issues the panel of legal and medical experts is considering is whether the women and their families were adequately informed of the risks of surgery. Both women had terminal brain tumours and had been given from weeks to months to live. They were left in essentially vegetative states after the surgeries and died soon after. “We were told he could give us more time,” one of the husbands said, according to court documents. “There was never any information about not coming out of it". Read full story Source: The Guardian, 27 March 2023
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    2023 May issue Reducing mortality in emergency surgery: Focussing minds through a national clinical audit in the NHS. Majority of NHS trusts do not offer training to prevent sexual harassment, study finds. Handwashing during ‘normal times’ can reduce burden of respiratory disease. The Surgical Education Checklist as a tool to improve teaching within the operating theatre. April issue NatSIPPs 2 Sequential Steps: The NatSIPPs Eight – Flowchart. Mobile operating theatre helping drive down waiting times in Yorkshire. Why hospitals and ICBs are seeking new intel to find hidden high-risk patients on waiting lists. March issues NHS Scotland first in world to ‘clean up’ anaesthetic gases. New standards to Improve the safety of invasive procedures in the NHS. Researchers suggest novel cutpoints for diagnosing cardiac hypertrophy in adolescents and young adults. NHS patients targeted to reduce risks as they wait for hospital treatment. February New standards to improve the safety of invasive procedures in the NHS. Delphi Study Round Three – A study across NHS England hospital trust operating theatres. Crash and burn(out) – Aviation-style safety checklist and confidential helpline for surgical community to prevent mental health crisis. A Wound Care Study: has the pandemic led to new and improved ways of working? HSIB investigation: Access to critical patient information at the bedside. Artificial intelligence, Patient safety and achieving the quintuple aim in anaesthesiology. January Delphi Study Round Two – A study across NHS England hospital trust operating theatres. Intercollegiate green theatre checklist Local Interventions to support the recovery of elective surgery at the University College London Hospitals department of theatres & anaesthesia. 2022 December issue Delphi Study Round One – A study across NHS England Hospital Trust operating theatres. Managing NHS backlogs and waiting times in England. Steroid injections worsen knee arthritis, according to two new studies. First robotic hysterectomy completed in Wales. World’s first algae-based local anaesthetic another step closer to reality. How new bacterial species siscovered in Asian soil could help battle against antibiotic resistance November issue New research calls for all health and care staff to be trained in AI Reducing noise in operating theatre improves children’s behaviour after surgery, study finds Brain tumour patient operated on awake while playing saxophone No difference between spinal versus general anaesthesia in patients having hip fracture surgery finds study October issue Why are intra-operative surgical Never Events still occurring in NHS operating theatres? Radical rethink needed to improve safety in health and social care. World Anaesthesia Day 2022: History, significance, celebrations and theme. £4 million “space-age” operating theatre will help bring down eye surgery backlog. Two thirds of nurses choosing between food and fuel as cost of living bites and one in five turn to food banks. ‘An inspirational story’: Hartlepool cleaner changes career to become hospital nurse. September issue Service evaluation of the current World Health Organisation’s Surgical Safety Checklist in spine surgery at the University Hospitals of Derby & Burton. Could this lead to a change in NHS Improvement? The Anaesthetic Gas Scavenging System Project. Cancelled operations could be prevented by an earlier anaemia test and time to prepare. The top 10 things experts need you to know about screening during Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month September 2022 £35.5m for New Friarage Hospital Operating Theatres. New robotic surgical system revolutionises patient care at UHCW. Insourcing: Giving NHS operating theatre teams a helping hand. Arterial stiffness raises blood pressure in adolescents via insulin resistance. Birmingham’s Public Health Chief is among sector leaders to receive university honours,
  3. News Article
    Patients who underwent brain operations at a West Midlands NHS trust suffered unnecessarily because of poor surgical outcomes, a report has found. More than 150 deep brain stimulation surgery cases at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) trust are now being investigated and surgery is suspended. There were unacceptable delays responding to patient concerns, the independent review also said. The investigation recommended indefinitely suspending the service at the NHS trust until it is safer. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders is used on patients with conditions including Parkinson's disease and dystonia, where medication is becoming less effective. The independent review, carried out by medics from King's College Hospital, was ordered by UHB after a serious incident investigation of a patient who underwent DBS for Parkinson's disease. One of those 21 people, Keith Bastable, 74, from Brierley Hill, had DBS in May 2019 for his Parkinson's disease and the review found his probes were placed too far away to be acceptable. Due to the misplacement, one was never switched on and the other probe had to be switched off as he suffered slurred speech and other side effects. They were removed and new ones recently reinserted in Oxford after he was referred to a hospital trust there. Mr Bastable said he had felt abandoned in the time it had taken to get resolved. Read full story Source: BBC News, 29 November 2022
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    Highlights of the study: Prospective observation of all patients treated at an academic neurosurgical centre. Investigation of the incidence and severity of adverse events and their relation to human error. 25.0% of patients had at least one adverse event. Human error was involved in 25.9% of cases with adverse events. These data provide benchmarks for tertiary care neurosurgery and health care reform.
  5. News Article
    Deep-rooted relationship problems between consultants in a major trust’s neurosurgery department distracted from patient care, according to a review leaked to HSJ. A review by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) into neurosurgery services at University Hospitals Birmingham FT last year found serious concerns over consultant “cliques” and relationship problems across the department. It comes as a new review has been launched into the care of 23 patients in the deep brain stimulation service, which is a sub-speciality in the department. According to the RCS report, which was completed in May last year, there have been wide-ranging problems within the department for several years. The report said: “Poor team working and inter-relational difficulties, which had been deep-rooted and recognised to have existed for some time, have had the potential to compromise patient care and will be likely to continue to do so if these issues remain unresolved.” It suggested some consultant neurosurgeons had prioritised their personal or professional differences over patient care, with the relationship issues being “amplified” within the wider surgical workforce. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 7 April 2021
  6. News Article
    Medical students aided by an AI tutor outperformed peers taught remotely by human experts in a complicated surgical training procedure, new research reports. The Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Learning Centre in Montreal, Canada, randomly assigned 70 students feedback and assistance from either a sophisticated AI system, a remote expert human instructor, or neither, while they removed virtual brain tumours using a neurosurgical simulator. The AI system, called the Virtual Operative Assistant (VOA), delivered personalised feedback to its students via a machine learning algorithm to teach them safe surgical techniques. Human instructors observed the students over a live feed and gave instructions based on their performance. The students tutored by the AI system learned surgical skills 2.6 times faster and performed 36 per cent better than those advised by human experts, without experiencing the heightened stress the researchers had anticipated. Using AI training models to tutor students could be an effective way to improve their skills and patient safety while reducing the burdens placed on human instructors, the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found. “Artificially intelligent tutors like the VOA may become a valuable tool in the training of the next generation of neurosurgeons,” said Dr Rolando Del Maestro, the study’s senior author. Read full story Source: iNews, 22 February 2022
  7. Content Article
    The focus of CORESS is on detecting and learning from no-harm, near-miss and low harm events encountered during routine surgical practice. The programme collects reports of such events, analyses them and disseminates the learning contained within them to a wide surgical audience and other agencies involved in Patient Safety matters. These events are known collectively as ‘Accident Precursor Events’ or simply ‘Precursors’. See previous reports below. Summer 2021 - Unrecognised limb ischemia following trauma, differences of opinion in management for tongue laceration, lack of communication in patient discharge, consequences of service disruption during the COVID-19 Pandemic, systems and communications errors leading to orthopaedic Never Event, too slick by half. Winter 2020 - Missed pulmonary embolism, gastrectomy kit miscommunication, leaking gastrostomy, fatal pulmonary embolus after renal cancer surgery, ureteric injury, PICC line misplacement, CVP line causing haemothorax. Summer 2020 - Thoracic outlet surgery complications, missed breast tumour in pooled case, abscess confusion, injection error, fall from grace, atypical thromboses.
  8. Content Article
    Cranial neurosurgery deals with serious and often urgent conditions including head injuries, brain bleeds and brain tumours. Around 75,000 patients receive neurosurgery on the NHS each year. This report makes 15 recommendations to improve patient pathways, reduce length of hospital stays and minimise cancellations and delays. Watch a short video summary of the report, including key recommendations.
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