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  1. Content Article
    To make the best of this approach we need to make sure patients and all health care professionals including GPs and multidisciplinary hospital teams work together to: Identify anaemia early in the pathway. Make the patient aware of this and all actions going forward. Find the cause of the anaemia. Use tried and tested treatments for anaemia before surgery. This could include advice on changes in diet, oral treatments such as iron supplements and the use intravenous iron when necessary. Make sure the patient has a personalised treatment programme including providing appropriate information about the pros and cons of the different approaches suggested to the patient and how long these should be continued. Communicate clearly between different members of the team so that operations are not cancelled unnecessarily and improve the interface between primary care and hospitals. Talk openly to the patient about the benefits and risks of managing anaemia and the surgery.
  2. Content Article
    This guideline includes recommendations on: information for patients measuring temperature warming patients before their operation, including transfer to the operating theatre keeping patients warm during their operation, including ambient temperature in the operating theatre and temperature of intravenous fluids keeping patients warm after their operation
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    Join BD this live educational event designed to promote discussions on the following topics: An overview of the latest evidence-based prevention measures of HAI (SSI). Essential bundles of an effective infection prevention and control program management in cardiac surgery. Review of the sustainable change in practice within operating room. The event is designed for cardiac surgeons, infection control and nurses who are interested in learning more about new techniques and methodologies to minimise some of the most challenging post-operative complications, with an opportunity to debate and share opinions with peers through live discussions with internationally renowned faculty. Register
  4. Community Post
    How are people getting on with the NatSSIPs? PDF version to share NatSSIPs headline booklet.pdf
  5. Content Article
    The investigation explored: Safety issues associated with the establishment of surgical services in independent hospitals to support the NHS and in particular the specialist services that are in place to deliver patient care. The assessment of patients prior to surgery to identify their risk and suitability for an operation and where it was to be undertaken; this included identification of patients with frail physical states. Key findings included: National and local NHS organisations had limited understanding of independent hospitals’ capabilities. This resulted in variation in how independent hospitals were used during Covid-19. Some independent hospitals saw patients with increasingly complex conditions and undertook more complex operations during Covid-19. The increasing complexity was well managed where capability of the independent hospitals had been evaluated and addressed prior to implementation of new services. Where pathways between NHS and independent hospitals were effective, it was often found that relationships between the hospitals had been longstanding and direct. There was variation in how preoperative assessments were undertaken across NHS and independent hospitals. This included what tests were ordered and risk assessments undertaken. Preoperative nutrition screening was inconsistent across NHS and independent hospitals. Examples were identified where it was not undertaken, or undertaken too late to allow any preoperative optimisation – that is, to make sure the patient was in the best possible nutritional state before their operation. Remote preoperative assessment became the norm during Covid-19, but created risks when staff were not able to see the patient. Lack of video call facilities and staff preference meant assessments were commonly done by telephone. Safety recommendations HSIB recommends that NHS England and NHS Improvement ensures that effective processes have been implemented in integrated care systems to identify local capability and capacity of their independent acute hospitals. HSIB recommends that NHSX expands its work programme addressing the challenges associated with interoperability of information systems used in healthcare to include transfer of information between the NHS and independent sector in support of safe care delivery. HSIB recommends that the Care Quality Commission reviews and appropriately develops its methodology for regulatory assurance of arrangements between NHS and independent providers for the provision of care across care pathways. This is to include any screening and risk management processes used to ensure the safe transfer of care between providers. HSIB recommends that NHS England and NHS Improvement reviews models of perioperative care for their value and impact. This should inform future work to support implementation of a standardised approach, based on evidence, across all healthcare providers that deliver surgical services. HSIB recommends that NHS England and NHS Improvement establishes a process to ensure that findings of the National Institute for Health Research’s policy research programme into frailty in younger patient groups are reviewed and acted upon.
  6. Content Article
    Anaesthesia is the largest hospital speciality in the UK, involved in a third of all hospital admissions, while perioperative care covers a patient's care from when they first contemplate surgery to their full recovery. The GIRFT national report for anaesthesia and perioperative medicine contains 18 recommendations based on information gathered from the 134 trusts in England with an anaesthesia and perioperative medicine service. It seeks to improve outcomes for patients having surgery in the new COVID-19 environment, including reducing the amount of time they spend in hospital. You will need a FutureNHS account to view this report, or you can watch a short video summary summarising key recommendations.
  7. Content Article
    Evidence showed that: 1. Mr Day was not informed that there was any risk of death from the surgery he elected to have, even though there is a risk of air embolus, and therefore death, from this procedure. The Consent Form he signed did not make any reference to a risk of death. 2. There was no check carried out for air embolus after the operation. 3. There was confusion between medical staff as to whether or not Mr Day was to be kept in for an over-night stay in hospital. As it turned out, he was not advised to stay in hospital over-night. 3 Mr Day was allowed to leave 3 hours after the operation had concluded. This meant that when he was taken to the Royal London Hospital on the evening of the 15th December, 2020 clinical staff in hospital did not have immediate access to any medical notes concerning his earlier procedure. The Assistant Coroner listed his concerns and recommendations as follows: (a) Any patient who elects to have an endoresection operation of an choroidal melanoma faces a risk (however small) of air embolism and therefore death. This must be made clear to all patients undergoing such a procedure. (b) There ought to be some check/investigation post operation to determine (or to try and determine as best possible) whether air may have entered the blood stream during the operative procedure. (c) Patients undergoing this operation (which normally lasts between 2-3 hours) should be advised to stay in hospital as an in-patient for at least 24 hours, which would enable careful and extended monitoring of their condition and a swift and informed transfer, if necessary, to an acute care unit of a hospital in the event of a deterioration in their condition.
  8. News Article
    Patients who receive good perioperative care can have fewer complications after surgery, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery times, shows a large review of research. The Centre for Perioperative Care, a partnership between the Royal College of Anaesthetists, other medical and nursing royal colleges, and NHS England, reviewed 27 382 articles published between 2000 and 2020 to understand the evidence about perioperative care, eventually focusing on 348 suitable studies. An estimated 10 million or so people have surgery in the NHS in the UK each year, with elective surgery costing £16bn a year. A perioperative approach can increase how prepared and empowered people feel before and after surgery. This can reduce complications and the amount of time that people stay in hospital after surgery, meaning that people feel better sooner and are able to resume their day-to-day life. Read full story (paywalled) Source: BMJ, 17 September 2020
  9. Content Article
    The Green Paper project is a nine-month programme of consultation and research about how to advance the perioperative care agenda. It aims to draw CPOC’s diverse community of partners together around a shared set of priorities for change and a vision for the future. The project will draw on a wide evidence base, building on work already happening within CPOC, our partner organisations and across the entire health and care sector. We will also reach out to our community of thousands of health professionals and patients to generate new evidence that will enable us to develop future policy and make the best possible case for change. Get involved The Green Paper can't be delivered without the active participation and help of everyone working to deliver better patient-centred care. If you would like to get involved with this project, then please consider joining the informal ‘sounding board’ of healthcare professionals, patients, and policymakers. The kinds of things CPOC will be looking for your help with include: Giving your views as CPOC develop their policy thinking, e.g. by taking surveys, feeding back on draft papers or reports, testing the messaging, and helping plug evidence gaps or prioritise what CPOC explore further. Championing the work on social media and to your personal and professional networks. Blogging for CPOC to share your experiences, reflecting on new findings, and informing the public about this work. Attending workshops or events CPOC may host as part of the consultation work for this project. If interested email cpocgreenpaper@rcoa.ac.uk.
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