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  1. Content Article
    Using data from every acute hospital in England and information from visits to 50 surgery departments, this report suggests that changing general surgery procedures could improve patient care and save the NHS millions of pounds. The report makes 20 recommendations to improve services, including: reducing length of stay preventing unnecessary admissions improving efficiency by performing surgery at an earlier stage. Watch a short video summary of the report
  2. Content Article
    Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst females and accounts for around 15% of all newly diagnosed cancers in the UK. The GIRFT breast surgery report contains 17 recommendations, based on visits to 129 breast surgery units across England. Key recommendations include: Refining the breast cancer referral process and improving assessments Improving access to the full range of surgical techniques Reducing time spent in hospital You will need a FutureNHS account to view this report, or you can watch a short video summary of the report which includes key recommendat
  3. News Article
    A team of world-leading medical experts have collaborated to improve patient safety and outcomes following high-risk surgery. The endeavour, which includes industry specialists such as anaesthetists, surgeons, and patient representatives, is called the Improving Patient Outcomes (ImPrOve) Think Tank. The ImPrOve team has recently published its European report that highlights and looks to address a severe patient safety and health issue in which death and serious complication rates in the 30-days following high-risk surgery are alarmingly high. The insightful report outlines an array
  4. Content Article
    Improving Patient Safety: Why Perioperative Care and Effective Monitoring Matters Report 2021 ImPrOve summary infographic
  5. Event
    The aim of this day is to further enhance the understanding of delegates in the causes of surgical wound breakdown, the recognition and management of wound infection and the management of dehisced surgical wounds. Learning Objectives At the end of this study day, delegates will have: An awareness of national guidance and best practice with regard to prevention of surgical wound infection. A good understanding of how to recognise unusual signs of infection in surgical wounds including wound swabbing, how to do it when and why. A basic understanding of NPWT (Negativ
  6. News Article
    Surgical hubs, new technology and innovative ways of working will help tackle waiting lists and treat around 30% more elective care patients by 2023 to 2024. Backed by a new £36 billion investment in health and social care over the next 3 years, ‘doing things differently’ and embracing innovation will be the driving force to get the NHS back on track. The funding will see the NHS deliver an extra 9 million checks, scans and operations for patients across the country, but it’s not enough to simply plug the elective gaps. The NHS will push forward with faster and more streamlined metho
  7. Content Article
    I have a young relative who contracted a bone infection in early childhood, leaving her with a badly damaged ankle. Now 15 years old, she has been through several operations to manage the effects and requires regular reviews. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, her mum was unable to get an appointment for her review, despite a worsening in mobility and pain. She was struggling to physically get around her school and, despite her admirable stoicism at such a young age, was clearly in a great deal of constant pain. She was finally seen in May 2021 by a surgeon she had not met before. By th
  8. Content Article
    “I was not able to walk for weeks until it had healed up. The impact was quite dramatic.” (Patient account) About the project This project, sponsored by Mölnlycke*, invites patients who have experienced an infection following surgery to share their experiences by being interviewed. These patient insights will be used to create a ‘Digital Storybook’, alongside interviews with healthcare workers. Key aims: To raise awareness of how infections following surgery can affect a patient and/or their families and carers. This might include physical, emotional or professional imp
  9. Content Article
    This investigation focused on: Assessing the resilience, consistency and reliability of the pathway(s) for patients experiencing potential red flags for CES. Seeking to understand the context and contributory factors influencing the pathway for patients with CES from their first presentation. Reviewing the national context surrounding the timely detection and treatment of spinal nerve compression (CES) in patients with back pain. Safety recommendations HSIB recommends that the British Association of Spine Surgeons, supported by the Royal College of Surgeons of
  10. Content Article
    Currently approximately nine in ten surgeons use a tourniquet during knee replacement surgery. The results of the review show that tourniquets increase the risk of blood clots, infections and other complications when used in knee surgery. This article states that while the risk is still low (the vast majority of knee replacement operations do not lead to serious complications), because it is such a common procedure, researchers estimate that changing surgical practice to avoid using tourniquets could avoid nearly 2,000 serious complications in the UK each year. Commenting on this, Dr
  11. News Article
    A hospital in Yorkshire has suspended all routine inpatient surgeries amid overcrowding in A&E caused by a lack of beds. Staff at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust were told in an email that this had been a "critical issue for too long." “It is with regret that this decision has had to be made given that it will result in less patients receiving surgical treatment, slowing down our progress on reducing waiting times. However, the extreme pressure on beds has to be reduced and quickly. The trust consistently has between 25 and 50 patients waiting for a bed at any one time at Pinder