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  1. News Article
    NHS Blood and Transplant have estimated that almost 7,000 people are waiting for lifesaving transplants in the UK, the highest number in six years. During the first peak of the pandemic last year, several key services have had to be closed reveals the analysis from April 2020 to March 2021, although most were rapidly reinstated and 80% of NHS transplant work went ahead. Figures from the report found 474 patients died while waiting for organs, a higher number than the year before and the majority of patients were waiting for kidney transplants. Read full story. Source: BB
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    A new study has been published focusing on surgical innovation and how it could be made safer. The research set out to develop a 'core outcome set', an agreed minimum set of outcomes to measure and report for safe surgical techniques in all audits, research, and clinical practice. The study, co-led by Dr Kerry Avery, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol and NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) has said "It may surprise many people to learn that surgical procedures haven’t traditionally been subject to the kind of regulation we see in other areas of medicine. But
  3. Content Article
    The document includes the following advice for patients: How You Can Help Avoid Aquiring an SSI? Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have developed extensive infection prevention and control programs to prevent SSIs. However, medical experts also recommend some things you, as a patient, can do to help prevent an SSI: If you smoke, stop - at least until after you have recovered from surgery. (Your healthcare provider may be able to provide medical help for this.) Eat a good diet, avoid alcohol, and get plenty of rest before and after surgery. If you are a diabe
  4. Content Article
    This guide from Versus Arthritis was written in consultation with people with musculoskeletal conditions waiting for joint replacement surgery. It makes the case Integrated Care Systems, Primary Care Networks, secondary care providers, public health bodies and social care providers should all work together with local communities and the voluntary sector to deliver a support package to help to meet the needs of people with arthritis who are on surgery waiting lists. The six key elements of this are as follows: Clear communication must be provided to people with arthritis about when they c
  5. Content Article
    Key facts: A population-based epidemiological study Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care and Patient Episode Database for Wales were used Data on NHS funded-treatment in the private sector was also captured Redirection of resources to COVID-19 efforts has led to operation cancellations Surgical activity was reduced by 33.6 % in 2020 More than 1.5 million operations were cancelled Data suggests waiting lists for surgery is growing
  6. News Article
    Millions of people may be affected for years to come by the disruption to surgery across England and Wales, possibly for many years ahead. It has been reported that hospitals have performed around 1.5 million fewer surgeries which may also be in part because people have not attended for their operation or treatment. Those who have not come forward for their surgeries or treatments it had been found, could be due to fear of contracting COVID-19, or that there were fewer accidents that caused significant injury requiring surgery. Findings showed surgeries that involved gall bla
  7. Content Article
    HSIB reviewed the NHS national reporting systems to understand how often the wrong patient receives the wrong procedure. It launched this national investigation because the evidence found suggests that incorrect identification of patients is a contributory factor to patients receiving the wrong procedure. Safety recommendation HSIB recommends that NHS England and NHS Improvement leads a review of risks relating to patient identification in outpatient settings, working with partners to engage clinical and human factors expertise. This should assess the feasibility to enhance or imple
  8. News Article
    Surgeons are calling for specialist hubs in England to help tackle what they call a "colossal backlog" of non-urgent operations because of COVID-19. The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) wants a network of hospital sites focused on routine surgery, such as hip and knee replacements. The government says it is working "to accelerate the recovery of services". In March, around five million patients were waiting for surgery - the highest number since modern records began. Prof Neil Mortensen, president of the RCS, said the pandemic has had a devastating impact on surgical service
  9. News Article
    “Human error” resulted in a man having the wrong leg amputated at a major Austrian hospital. The error occurred when a healthcare employee marked the wrong leg for amputation during pre-surgical procedures. The mistake was not noticed anytime during the surgery, or even during the immediate postoperative period. It was recognised during a routine wound dressing change, about 48 hours postoperatively. “A disastrous combination of circumstances led to the patient’s right leg being amputated instead of his left,” the hospital’s statement said. “We would also like to affirm that we wi
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