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Patient Safety Update published

16 Jan 2017

The Patient Safety Update outlining cases reported from July to September 2016 is now available on the SALG website for download.   Topics highlighted in this patient safety update include: Surgical Never Events Drug Errors Safety in the MRI Suite Power Failure Airway...

NICE publishes standard on Transition from children’s to adults’...

23 Dec 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a Quality Standard on Transition from children’s to adults’ services.   The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland support this quality...

Guidance for the Provision of Anaesthetic Services 2017 consultation

22 Dec 2016

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has produced draft chapters of the Guidance for the Provision of Anaesthetic Services (GPAS) 2017 for consultation. The consultation is open from 22 December 2016 to 22 January 2017. The following chapters have been drafted using the College’s...

Applications to join Q are now open

08 Nov 2016

The Q initiative, a programme led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement, is inviting applications from those working in the North East and North Cumbria, the South West and the West of England as part of its objective to connect people with...

RCoA supports Choosing Wisely campaign

24 Oct 2016

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, supported by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), has today launched the Choosing Wisely campaign across the UK. Choosing Wisely is aimed at encouraging patients and doctors to discuss the risks and benefits of available treatments...

A Royal Occasion

06 Oct 2016

The Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group is delighted to announce that HRH The Princess Royal, the Patron of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, will be attending our annual Patient Safety Conference in Edinburgh in November. Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of...

Safeguarding children in theatre – a new resource for anaesthetists

29 Sep 2016

All healthcare professionals have a responsibility to ensure the safety of children under their care and to act if they have any safeguarding (child protection) concerns. Safeguarding children is a complex area of practice and one that those who work outside of paediatrics find...

RCoA consultation response on long-term sustainability of the NHS

27 Sep 2016

The RCoA has welcomed the opportunity to respond to the House of Lords select committee inquiry on the long-term sustainability of the NHS, which aims to explore what the future of the NHS will look like. Within this response, the College highlights the need for increased NHS...

Managing the Difficult Airway

22 Aug 2016

The NAP4 report published by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Difficult Airway Society (DAS) included more than 160 recommendations to make airway management during anaesthesia, in intensive care and in emergency departments safer.  It is hoped that many...

Safety Notice: Air embolism following CVC port being left open

09 Aug 2016

NHS Improvement have been alerted via the coroner’s court to an incident where a patient died following a clamp on a central venous catheter port being briefly left open, resulting in air embolisation and cerebral infarction. The coroner was particularly concerned that: nursing...

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