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  1. Content Article
    Uncontrolled sensory stimuli can hinder healthcare delivery quality in trauma rooms. High noise and temperature levels can increase staff stress and discomfort as well as patient discomfort. Conversely, proper lighting can decrease staff stress levels and reduce burnout. Sensory overload in trauma rooms is a crucial concern, but no studies have been conducted on this issue.
  2. Content Article
    This narrative review aimed to investigate adverse events in trauma resuscitation, evaluate contributing factors and assess methods, such as trauma video review (TVR), to mitigate adverse events. The authors found that, when integrated with standardised tools, TVR shows promise for identifying adverse events. They suggest that future research should prioritise linking trauma team performance to patient outcomes and developing sustainable TVR programs to enhance patient safety.
  3. News Article
    Investigators have applied artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to gait analyses and medical records data to provide insights about individuals with leg fractures and aspects of their recovery. The study, published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, uncovered a significant association between the rates of hospital readmission after fracture surgery and the presence of underlying medical conditions. Correlations were also found between underlying medical conditions and orthopedic complications, although these links were not significant. It was also apparent that gait analyses in the early postinjury phase offer valuable insights into the injury’s impact on locomotion and recovery. For clinical professionals, these patterns were key to optimizing rehabilitation strategies. "Our findings demonstrate the profound impact that integrating machine learning and gait analysis into orthopaedic practice can have, not only in improving the accuracy of post-injury complication predictions but also in tailoring rehabilitation strategies to individual patient needs," said corresponding author Mostafa Rezapour, PhD, of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. "This approach represents a pivotal shift towards more personalised, predictive, and ultimately more effective orthopaedic care." Read full story Source: Digital Health News, 12 April 2024
  4. Content Article
    Throughout 2023, the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) carried out the first ever national inquiry into musculoskeletal (MSK) health inequalities. The inquiry found that the prevalence and impact of musculoskeletal conditions are not experienced equally across the population. Musculoskeletal conditions are linked to deprivation and age, are more prevalent in women and disproportionately affect some ethnic groups. Deprivation is a significant driver of inequalities in MSK health. People in deprived areas experience more chronic pain, are more likely to have a long term MSK condition and experience worse clinical outcomes and quality of life. These inequalities are avoidable through changes in the design and delivery of MSK services, and actions to address wider determinants of health and prevention. The report makes recommendations to reduce health inequalities in MSK care, treatment and outcomes.
  5. Content Article
    This report outlines the findings of an independent investigation into the conduct of a spinal consultant, Doctor F, who formerly worked at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (now part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust).
  6. News Article
    It is still unclear how unauthorised metal parts came to be implanted in a number of the 19 children with spina bifida who suffered significant complications after spinal surgery. But it has emerged that one child died and 18 others suffered a range of complications after surgery at Temple Street Children’s Hospital – with several needing further surgery, including the removal of metal parts which were not authorised for use. Parents of the children undergoing complex surgery were left distraught by the disclosures that emerged yesterday, after campaigning for years while the young patients in need of operations deteriorated on waiting lists. Gerry Maguire, of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, said “absolute horror is being visited on parents and their advocates”. He condemned as disturbing the information which is “being drip-fed to his group and “more alarmingly the families concerned”. One mother expressed concern about further delays in surgery and said children are too complex to be taken for care abroad. Read full story Source: Irish Independent, 19 September 2023
  7. News Article
    Michelle Nolan takes morphine daily for the pain she has lived with for 14 years after botched surgery at the hands of a once renowned surgeon. She suffered irreversible nerve damage in July 2010 when John Bradley Williamson, a former president of the British Scoliosis Society, inserted a screw that was too long into her spine at Spire Manchester Hospital. The 49-year-old from Chadderton, near Oldham, needs crutches and lost her job as a legal secretary and later her house and marriage. “I lost everything because of him,” she said. “I thought I was the only one he had harmed.” She was not. Families and patients operated on by Williamson over two decades at the Salford Royal Hospital, Spire Manchester Hospital and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, have formed a support group and want a full recall of all of his patients. They fear some could be suffering without realising they are victims of poor care. Williamson told the coroner investigating Catherine’s death that her surgery “progressed uneventfully” and “the blood loss was perhaps a little higher than one would usually anticipate but was certainly not extreme”. Yet days after her death, Williamson sent an internal letter to the hospital’s haematology department head Simon Jowitt describing the surgery as “difficult” and involving “a catastrophic haemorrhage”. Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Times, 18 February 2024
  8. Content Article
    This observational cross-sectional study in the American Journal of Surgery aimed to quantify the association between US state trauma funding and both in-hospital mortality and transfers of injured patients. The authors concluded that Increased state trauma funding is associated with decreased adjusted in-hospital mortality and fewer interfacility transfers to a second acute care hospital.
  9. News Article
    A doctor who worked for the same private healthcare company as rogue surgeon Ian Paterson performed unnecessary shoulder operations for financial gain, a medical tribunal has heard. Orthopaedic consultant Michael Walsh worked at a Spire Healthcare hospital in Leeds from 1993 until 2018, when he was suspended after concerns were raised about his work. Spire, which runs 38 hospitals around the UK, reported him to the General Medical Council (GMC) after an investigation found he carried out operations unnecessarily or badly, with many patients left suffering pain or trauma. Mr Walsh, who also worked at another private hospital in Leeds run by Nuffield Health but is now retired, is facing dozens of medical negligence claims from patients, with some already having received payouts. Read full story Source: Medscape, 8 November 2023
  10. News Article
    The number of NHS-funded hip replacements carried out last year remained well below pre-covid levels, while the total funded privately nearly doubled to cover the shortfall, new data reveals. The National Joint Registry annual report, which tracks orthopaedic activity across the NHS, showed the number of NHS-funded elective hip replacements carried out at NHS facilities in 2022 was at its lowest level since 2007. However, the number of procedures performed in independent hospitals – both funded by the NHS and funded privately – has increased sharply. Orthopaedics is the biggest single elective specialty, with 847,000 of the current waiting list of 7.7 million on a trauma and orthopaedics pathway. As of July, 43% of these patients had been waiting longer than 18 weeks. The NJR report said: “The independent sector provision has increased hugely [since 2007] particularly in the last few years of covid recovery and there are now more hip replacements carried out in the independent sector than in the NHS. “Despite the cost-of-living crisis the number of hip replacements paid for privately has almost doubled since 2019.” Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 10 October 2023
  11. News Article
    Long waiting times at Devon’s acute hospitals have forced commissioners to offer patients treatment 200 miles away in London in a bid to reduce the elective backlog. Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has secured extra capacity for patients requiring complex orthopaedic surgery under a new deal with the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, located at Epsom General Hospital. The NHS-run orthopaedic centre is around 170 miles from Exeter in east Devon and 210 miles from Plymouth in west Devon. Many patients have declined to go, despite the CCG offering to cover their travel costs. It is the longest publicly reported distance patients are being sent for elective treatment in the NHS, with patients usually referred to neighbouring hospitals or integrated care systems if there is no capacity at their local provider. Nearly 1,500 patients in the Devon ICS have waited longer than two years for treatment. The latest national data for England showed nearly 23,000 patients had been waiting longer than two years in January. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 8 April 2022
  12. News Article
    North west London’s acute trusts are exploring whether to set up a new elective orthopaedic centre in the region as they seek to capitalise on the concept of “fast-track” surgical hubs. Last week, a report to Imperial College Healthcare Trust’s board said a more “strategic, larger-scale” approach was being sought to improve capacity for more high-volume, low-complexity work across the sector. This covers the four acute trusts in the area, which now share a single chair, and have a total turnover of more than £3bn: Imperial, Chelsea and Westminster, London North West, and Hillingdon. The board report said leaders were exploring how best to establish the centre for the region while “maximising” planned surgery capacity overall, with the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre run by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust highlighted as a “well-established example”. Central Middlesex Hospital, which is operated by London North West University Healthcare Trust, has been identified as a preferred location for the centre, the report said. A project management team is also being set up to explore the options available before proposals are developed for broader consideration. It comes after 14 “fast-track” hubs were set up across hospitals in north west London to maximise theatre capacity, which predominantly focused on high-volume, low-complexity work surrounding specialties such as gynaecology, urology, orthopaedics and ear, nose and throat. The report to ICHT’s board warned that, without some “further intervention,” the number of patients awaiting orthopaedic surgery in north west London could increase to just under a fifth by 2030 from a current position of 12,000 people seeking inpatient or outpatient care. However, it added that a “large amount of work” was still required to explore the case for an elective orthopaedic centre, including establishing the best location and identifying capital and revenue funding and workforce requirements. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 22 March 2022
  13. News Article
    A pensioner is furious with Northern Ireland politicians who, she said, left her with no option but to spend her savings on knee surgery in Poland. Christine Wallace was told the wait for her knee replacement surgery could be five years - although the health department says most waits are shorter. She spent £8,500 on her hospital stay. While Ms Wallace said the relief of her new knee was fantastic, she felt she had no alternative but to pay as she could no longer live with the pain. The latest available health department figures, from 31 March, showed 25,075 patients were waiting for inpatient or day case admission under the trauma and orthopaedic surgery specialty. The department said its median waiting time for such operations was 74 weeks, with only 1 in 20 patients waiting more than five years. "Our preferred measure of average is the median... because waiting times tend to be skewed by longer waits and therefore more patients are waiting for less time than the mean," said a department statement. Read full story Source: BBC News, 28 June 2023
  14. News Article
    Over 50 new surgical hubs will open across the country to help bust the Covid-19 backlogs and offer hundreds of thousands more patients quicker access to vital procedures, Steve Barclay, has announced. These hubs will provide at least 100 more operating theatres and over 1,000 beds so people get the surgery they need. And they will deliver almost two million extra routine operations to reduce waiting lists over the next three years, backed by £1.5billion in government funding. They will focus mainly on providing high-volume, low-complexity surgery, as previously recommended by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, with particular emphasis on ophthalmology, general surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, gynaecology, ear nose and throat, and urology. Located on existing hospital sites, the surgical hubs will bring together skills and expertise of staff under one roof – reducing waiting times for some of the most-common procedures such as cataract surgeries and hip replacements. Improving quality and efficiency will mean patients have shorter waits for surgery, will be more likely to go home on the same day, and will be less likely to need additional treatment. And, as the hubs are separated from emergency services, surgical beds are kept free for patients waiting for planned operations, reducing the risk of short-notice cancellations and improving infection control. Read full story Source: Building Better Healthcare, 5 September 2022
  15. News Article
    There are big differences in how well patients with hip fractures are cared for by hospitals in England and Wales, a Bristol University study says. In some hospitals one in 10 people died within a month of surgery - more than three times worse than in the best. Getting patients into theatre quickly and out of bed the next day for physio are key ways to improve care. People should receive the same, high-quality care wherever they live, the researchers said. "If you get it right for older people with hip fractures, you're probably getting it right for older people in general," says Professor Celia Gregson, who led the study of more than 170,700 patients in 172 hospitals between 2016 and 2019. An NHS spokesperson said hip fracture care in the UK had "seen dramatic improvements in recent years". Read full story Source: BBC News (31 August 2022)
  16. News Article
    More than ten million patients are on “hidden” waiting lists for NHS care. There are 6.7 million patients on the official NHS waiting list, which includes people who have been referred by GPs for hospital treatment such as cataract or hip and knee surgery. However, data released by health service trusts under freedom of information laws suggests there are 10.3 million further patients who need follow-up care, illustrating the scale of the task facing the NHS. Louise Ansari, national director at the patient group Healthwatch England, said: “Waiting a long time for treatment can put a huge strain on patients and their loved ones. But this can be so much worse when there is ‘radio silence’ from the NHS, leaving people uncertain if their referral has been accepted, unclear about how long they may have to wait and often feeling forgotten.” Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Times (30 August 2022)
  17. News Article
    The number of knee replacement operations carried out has dropped in regions of England with restrictions on surgery for overweight patients, with people in more deprived areas worst affected, researchers have found. Patients needing surgery but unable to lose weight are being denied surgery that could ease pain and increase mobility, the team from the University of Bristol said. Health campaigners expressed alarm, claiming the policy was a “blunt tool” being used to replace conversations between doctors and patients and risked exacerbating health inequalities. Over the past decade, rules have been brought in by some clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England to restrict access to hip and knee replacement surgery for patients who are overweight or obese. The study, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research, suggests that regions that introduced policy changes for access to knee replacement surgery based on a patient’s weight or BMI have seen a decline in surgery. The lead author, Joanna McLaughlin, of the Bristol Medical School, said: “Our study raises the concern that these policies are linked with worsening health inequalities with fewer NHS operations for the least affluent groups. “We could see the rates of surgery dropped for those worst off but increased for those who are best off, which correlates with more private surgery going on in those areas.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 29 June 2022
  18. News Article
    Nursing shortages are contributing to children waiting up to three times longer for spinal surgery than pre-pandemic, a top surgeon has claimed. Chris Adams says up to one in four operations are cancelled at NHS Lothian, with staffing the main reason. Mr Adams also claims that some children are not being put on waiting lists as early as they should be. NHS Lothian disputes some of Mr Adams' statements but says "significant pressures" are affecting waiting times. The senior clinician, one of Scotland's three paediatric spinal surgeons, said he was speaking out of behalf of spinal patients and their families The surgeon's claims appear in a new BBC Disclosure investigation into Scotland's NHS, which reveals that some children are waiting up to three times longer than pre-pandemic for spinal surgery, with some waiting more than a year. At least 51 out of a possible 190 planned spinal surgeries at RHCYP were cancelled at short notice in 2022, with nursing shortages understood to be the main cause Read full story Source: BBC News, 7 March 2023
  19. News Article
    Changes to hip and knee surgery could halve waiting lists at one hospital within a year, say doctors. Tweaks to surgeries at the Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend have allowed more patients to be sent home on the same day. Therefore, a shortage of hospital beds is not a barrier for them. It comes as over 37,000 orthopaedic patients are waiting over one year for surgery in Wales. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Keshav Singhal said a number of "minor tweaks" were made to the procedure "but all of them add up to a huge effect". He said the anaesthetic and pain medication given to patients is "fine-tuned" to reduce pain and nausea after the operation and extra time is spent pinpointing any potential area of bleeding and cauterising it to "prevent wound leakage". "In day surgery we are not constrained by beds - there are no beds here," said Mr Singhal. "Patients can come in, be very well cared for in a state of the art day-surgery unit, and go home in the evening, and that totally cuts down on the inpatient beds." Read full story Source: BBC News, 10 February 2023
  20. News Article
    A prolific surgeon accused of poor care — some with a ‘catastrophic outcome’ — and altering patient notes has been found guilty of misconduct following a tribunal hearing. Jeremy Parker, who performed hundreds of operations at Colchester Hospital and the private Oaks Hospital until his suspension in 2019, faced a misconduct hearing in December and January. The medical practitioners tribunal investigated allegations that between August 2015 and November 2018, Mr Parker failed to provide good clinical care to six patients. It was also alleged he performed surgery in breach of restrictions on his clinical practice between October 2018 and January 2019 and that his actions were dishonest. Richard Holland, opening the tribunal case for the General Medical Council, said Mr Parker’s care of six patients – referred to as patients A-F – was “deficient” in a number of ways, with that provided to patient A leading to a “catastrophic outcome” where their leg was amputated below the right knee following “catastrophic blood loss” caused by severing of an artery during surgery. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 1 February 2022
  21. News Article
    Artificial hip and knee joints that have to be removed after failing early are to be examined routinely to save the NHS £200million a year – and reduce unnecessary pain for patients in future. Less than 1 in 100 removed implants are examined to see why they failed, so surgeons don’t learn what went wrong or pick up on potential scandals. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Raghavendra Sidaginamale, of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, said: "Most removed implants are put in the bin. A wealth of information goes down the drain." Now the NHS is setting up an Implants Analysis Service, enabling hospitals to send them off to be analysed for signs of unusual wear or chemical degradation. Each year, 15,000 hip and knee replacements are replaced. If this happens within ten years, they are deemed to have failed early. Jason Wilson, of the IAS, said they are ‘like a black box flight recorder in a plane’, adding: "They hold a wealth of information we can learn from." Read full story Source: Daily Mail, 29 January 2023
  22. News Article
    Orthopaedic patients in NHS Highland face a wait of up to seven years for surgery, new research has found. A University of Aberdeen study said the worst case estimate would apply if surgical rates did not increase for those listed in July this year. Researchers also discovered the average wait across Scotland's 14 health boards could be as long as two years and three months. The Scottish government said it was working to maximise NHS capacity. Luke Farrow, clinical research fellow, warned that the significance of the delays could not be underestimated. He said: "Prolonged waits for certain orthopaedic procedures can have a major negative impact on patient health. "This occurs both in terms of deterioration in quality of life whilst awaiting surgery, as well as potential negative connotations for post-operative recovery and longer-term health in addition to reduced independence and increased social care needs." Read full story Source: BBC News, 14 December 2022
  23. News Article
    Patients who have had older types of hip replacement may be at greater risk of heart damage than previously thought, researchers have said, because of cobalt leaching out of so-called metal-on-metal implants. Tens of thousands of UK patients were fitted with these devices during the 2000s, when they were marketed as a solution for young, active patients who needed a hip replacement that would last a lifetime. The issue is that tiny metal ions made up of cobalt and chromium are thought to break off from the implants and leak into the blood, and there are fears this could cause muscle, bone and organ damage. Surgeons began to voice concerns about the implants in 2008, and in 2012 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued guidance recommending annual blood or MRI checks for patients who had received them. Since then, mounting evidence has suggested that such individuals may be at greater risk of heart disease. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 26 April 2023
  24. Content Article
    Staying active is important if you’re waiting for or recovering from surgery. If you’re fit and strong, your surgery has the best chance of success, and you’ll likely recover quicker. Over time, exercise can also increase your mobility, help your balance and boost your mood.  In this Surgery Toolkit you'll find tailor-made, follow-along exercise routines for hip, shoulder and knee replacement, as well as full body workouts to help you maintain overall fitness.   You can also explore personal stories and advice from those living with arthritis who have been through joint replacement surgery, and tips on keeping active from a physiotherapist. 
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