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  1. Content Article
    This project aims to develop peer consensus centred on specific themes defined by the steering group covering topics relevant to the optimal, universal and evidence-based care bundle to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs). It will support building expert consensus around best practices when selecting the care bundle to reduce surgical site infections in practice. It is hoped that the output will support best practice patient management in Europe. The survey takes under 10 minutes to complete. Please review each statement and indicate your level of agreement with it (tick one box only per statement). Please only complete this questionnaire once. Your anonymous responses will be a source of data for the development of a consensus publication. This project has been initiated and funded by Becton Dickinson and is being managed and delivered by Triducive.
  2. Content Article
    In the fast-evolving realm of contemporary healthcare, surgical techniques have attained unprecedented levels of advancement, leading to substantial enhancements in patient care. However, the journey towards complete recovery extends far beyond the operating room, emphasising the importance of effective postoperative care. In this critical phase, patient partnerships play a pivotal role, ensuring a holistic and personalised approach to recovery.
  3. Content Article
    Mesh implantation for hernia repair has become standard practice for the majority of hernia repairs. Mesh-based hernia repairs have been shown to be a durable solution, however, postoperative complications, such as chronic postoperative pain, remain a concern. To date, there have been few investigations into the inflammatory response to mesh. In this study, Fadaee et al. present their experience in diagnosing and treating a subpopulation of patients who require mesh removal due to a possible mesh implant illness. They found predisposing factors include female sex, history of autoimmune disorder, and multiple medical and environmental allergies and sensitivities. Presenting symptoms included spontaneous rashes, erythema and oedema over the area of implant, arthralgia, headaches and chronic fatigue. Long-term follow up after mesh removal confirmed resolution of symptoms after mesh removal. The authors hope this provides greater attention to patients who present with vague, non-specific but debilitating symptoms after mesh implantation.
  4. Content Article
    The purpose of this investigation by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) is to help improve patient safety in relation to the care of patients who have NHS-funded surgery in an independent hospital. This was initiated in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, where because of increased pressure on the NHS, independent hospitals have been providing more care for NHS patients, including urgent elective surgical care and delivery of cancer pathways. The HSIB investigation reviewed the experience of a patient with a diagnosis of bowel cancer, who was booked to undergo laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery to remove part of his bowel in in an independent hospital. Following surgery, the patient made slow progress and on day eight following surgery he started to deteriorate rapidly. He was transferred to the local NHS hospital for investigation and further surgery. He died later the same day as a result of sepsis following a complication of his recent surgery.
  5. Content Article
    Frailty is a condition characterised by loss of biological reserve, failure of physiological mechanisms and vulnerability to a range of adverse outcomes including increased risk of morbidity, mortality and loss of independence in the perioperative period. With the increasing recognition of the prevalence of frailty in the surgical population and the impact on postoperative outcomes, The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) and the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) have worked together to develop a whole pathway guideline on perioperative care for people living with frailty undergoing elective and emergency surgery. The scope of this guideline covers all aspects of perioperative care relevant to adults living with frailty undergoing elective and emergency surgery. It is written for healthcare professionals involved in delivering care throughout the pathway, as well as for patients and their carers, managers and commissioners.
  6. Content Article
    The CPOC Newsletter is for all doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working in or with an interest in the developments of perioperative care. The monthly publication highlights the most up to date information on the workstreams, partner projects, perioperative events, recently published journals, live surveys and successful perioperative initiatives.
  7. Content Article
    Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is designed to improve the quality of care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations. By tackling variations in the way services are delivered across the NHS, and by sharing best practice between trusts, GIRFT identifies changes that will help improve care and patient outcomes, as well as delivering efficiencies such as the reduction of unnecessary procedures and cost savings.
  8. Content Article
    A group of clinicians and patient group representatives, called the ImPrOve Think Tank, recently convened to address common complication during high-risk surgery they consider to be most urgent and dangerous; haemodynamic instability characterised as significant drops in blood pressure. In this article for The Parliament Magazine, Professor Olivier Huet, Sean Kelly MEP and Ms Luciana Valente discuss why death rates are so high in the 30 days post-surgery, what clinicians can do to improve patient safety and what patients can do to ensure optimal patient safety and care in the perioperative process.
  9. Content Article
    Previous research suggests that surgical safety checklists (SSCs) are associated with reductions in postoperative morbidity and mortality as well as improvement in teamwork and communication. These findings stem from evaluations of individual or small groups of hospitals. Studies with more hospitals have assessed the relationship of checklists with teamwork at a single point in time. The objective of this study from Molina et al. was to evaluate the impact of a large-scale implementation of SSCs on staff perceptions of perioperative safety in the operating room. They concluded that a large-scale initiative to implement SSCs is associated with improved staff perceptions of mutual respect, clinical leadership, assertiveness on behalf of safety, team coordination and communication, safe practice, and perceived checklist outcomes.
  10. Content Article
    Gary Day had a choroidal melanoma of the left eye. After discussing his treatment options with clinicians at Moorfields Eye Hospital, he elected to have that melanoma removed by an endoresection procedure at the hospital. Gary Day died less than 24 hours after the operation as a result of an air embolism. In the Coroner’s matters of concern, it was noted he was not advised beforehand of the potential risk of death, there was no check for an air embolism after the operation and he probably should have been kept in hospital overnight for observation. The report was sent to Moorfields Eye Hospital but has safety implications for all Trusts performing this procedure.
  11. Content Article
    The Perioperative Warming Quality Improvement Resource summarises the evidence for temperature monitoring, pre, intra and post-operative warming, plus intravenous and irrigation fluids. See also the Perioperative Warming Decision Guide to help support what pre, intra and post-op actions need to be taken to prevent inadvertant perioperative hypothermia.
  12. Content Article
    The Surgical Skin Preparation Quality Improvement Resource summarises the evidence for patient washing, hair removal, skin disinfection and the use of incise drapes.
  13. Content Article
    The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has partnered with the anti-smoking charity ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) to support surgeons in encouraging patients to improve their survival chances by quitting smoking ahead of surgery. Fewer postoperative complications, shorter hospital stays and better long-term outcomes are some of the evidence-based benefits the College’s members are being asked to highlight to patients. The campaign urges all surgeons to view patient consultations as ‘teachable moments’, during which patients may be more receptive to intervention and more motivated to quit. As part of the discussion of risks associated with a procedure, surgeons should outline the reduction in risk associated with smoking cessation, with the recommendation to stop at least two months before the operation.
  14. Content Article
    A series of podcasts from Molnlycke UK, with host Steve Feast, discussing topics such as sustainability, patient safety and more.
  15. Content Article
    Patients have better outcomes with female surgeons, a study from Wallis et al. has found. In a cohort study of 1 million patients, those treated by a female surgeon were less likely to experience death, hospital readmission, or major medical complication at 90 days or 1 year after surgery. This association was seen across nearly all subgroups defined by patient, surgeon, hospital, and procedure characteristics.
  16. Content Article
    Peri-operative medication safety is complex. Avoidance of medication errors is both system- and practitioner-based, and many departments within the hospital contribute to safe and effective systems. For the individual anaesthetist, drawing up, labelling and then the correct administration of medications are key components in a patient's peri-operative journey. These guidelines from the Association of Anaesthetists aim to provide pragmatic safety steps for the practitioner and other individuals within the operative environment, as well as short- to long-term goals for development of a collaborative approach to reducing errors.
  17. Community Post
    How are people getting on with the NatSSIPs? PDF version to share NatSSIPs headline booklet.pdf
  18. Content Article
    Remote digital postoperative wound monitoring provides an opportunity to strengthen postoperative community care and minimise the burden of surgical-site infection (SSI). This study aimed to pilot a remote digital postoperative wound monitoring service and evaluate the readiness for implementation in routine clinical practice. It concluded that remote digital postoperative wound monitoring successfully demonstrated readiness for implementation with regards to the technology, usability, and healthcare process improvement.
  19. 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
  20. Event
    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
  21. Content Article
    In order to prevent hypothermia during or after surgery, patients can be warmed before or during the induction of anaesthesia. If the patient is warmed before, this is known as prewarming, and if they are warmed at the same time that anaesthetics are given, this is known as cowarming. This study in the Journal of Anaesthesiology and Clinical Pharmacology aimed to investigate whether cowarming is as good as prewarming in preventing the occurrence of intraoperative hypothermia.
  22. Content Article
    Hypothermia is a common problem in the operating theatre, and it contributes to many poor outcomes including rising costs, increased complications and higher morbidity rates. This literature review in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing aimed to determine the best method and time to prewarm a patient in order to prevent hypothermia during or after surgery. The authors suggest that forced-air warming is most effective in preventing perioperative hypothermia. Eighty-one percent of the experimental studies reviewed found that there was a significantly higher temperature throughout surgery and in the post-operative care unit for patients who received forced-air prewarming.
  23. Content Article
    This guideline covers preventing and managing inadvertent hypothermia in people aged 18 and over having surgery. It offers advice on assessing patients’ risk of hypothermia, measuring and monitoring temperature, and devices for keeping patients warm before, during and after surgery.
  24. Content Article
    Anaemia is associated with adverse outcomes of surgery. The blood loss of surgery or trauma can cause or worsen anaemia. People who have anaemia have a worse result from their operation including poorer wound healing, slower mobilisation and an increased risk of death. The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) perioperative anaemia guideline has been developed using a whole pathway approach. It contains recommendations for patients of all ages undergoing surgery and for healthcare professionals in both emergency and elective surgical settings and across specialties. The aim of this guideline is to ensure that the patient is at the centre of the whole process, and that everyone involved in their care carries out their individual responsibilities to minimise the risk from anaemia. 
  25. Content Article
    Today was the Parliamentary launch event of the Surgical Fires Expert Working Group’s report, 'A case for the prevention and management of surgical fires in the UK', which focuses on the prevention of surgical fires in the NHS This report contains important information on surgical fires and their prevention, to be submitted to the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC), in order to make the case for its inclusion on their agenda. In the perioperative setting, a fire may cause injury to both the patient and healthcare professionals. Injuries caused by a surgical fire most commonly occur on the head, face, neck and upper chest. The prevention of surgical fires, which can occur on or in a patient while in the operating theatre, is an urgent and serious patient safety issue in UK hospitals.  A Short Life Working Group (SLWG) for the prevention of surgical fires was established in May 2019, following an initial discussion in December 2018 on the issue of surgical fires in the UK. The group of experts from healthcare organisations and bodies across the UK convened four times in 2019 with the aim of compiling this document, in order to recommend surgical fires for a Never Event classification. The group conducted a literature review of best practice and evidence, in the UK and internationally, which informed the development of a number of considerations that could address the issue of surgical fires. This report contains information surrounding the scale of the problem of surgical fires in the UK, in addition to reported experiences of these incidences by both healthcare professionals and patients. It also includes prevention and management materials, and mandatory training that should be consistently delivered to hospital staff, and concludes with recommendations moving forward, in order to ensure the prevention of surgical fires in UK hospitals.
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