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Carter review supports RCoA perioperative programme

05 Feb 2016

Today’s publication of Lord Carter’s 18-month study into how the NHS can become safer and more efficient includes a number of recommendations aimed at saving the NHS £5bn a year by 2020.  The themes within the report chime with the RCoA’s perioperative medicine programme...

Organ Donation Position Statement

20 Jan 2016

There have been a series of news discussions on data released by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) about organ donation being vetoed by the donor's family.  The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and the Royal College of Anaesthetists support the principle of individual autonomy...

Integrating care throughout the patient’s surgical journey

08 Jan 2016

How can we harness multi-disciplinary working, reduce variation and improve patient outcomes? Tuesday, 9 February 2016 About this event Aimed at health and care professionals who come into contact with patients throughout their surgical journey, as well as commissioners and...

MSD ceases manufacturing Norcuron (vecuronium bromide)

07 Jan 2016

Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) is deleting NORCURON® (vecuronium bromide) from its product line and ceased manufacturing in December 2015. Norcuron is a steroidal molecule product that is indicated as an adjunct to general anaesthesia to facilitate tracheal intubation and to...

CQC - Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2014/15

17 Dec 2015

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently published its sixth annual report into the use of the Mental Health Act, which highlights that greater attention needs to be given to supporting people who are subject to the Act. This includes how they are involved in their care,...

Standards for Non-Specialist Emergency Surgical Care of Children

10 Dec 2015

This guidance, produced by the Children’s Surgical Forum (CSF) – which is comprised of surgeons, anaesthetists, other medical specialists and lay representatives – combines a large number of standards and guidelines provided by key stakeholders involved in surgical care of...

Sixth Annual POPs Education Event, March 2016

08 Dec 2015

POPs (Preoperative Assessment and Optimisation of the Older Surgical Patients) 9-10 March 2016, Wellcome Collection, London The British Geriatric Society will be running the sixth annual POPs education event in March 2016. Structured over two days, attendees can come to hear...

Joint Position Statement on Emergency Airway Management

01 Dec 2015

Building on the report of the 4th National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Difficult Airway Society on major airway complications (2011), which made several recommendations, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of...

NCEPOD’s ‘Just Say Sepsis’ report published today

24 Nov 2015

The College commends NCEPOD’s detailed and important study, Just Say Sepsis, a review of the process of care received by patients with the condition. The study to ‘identify and explore the avoidable and remediable factors in the process of care for patients with known or...

The Antibiotic Guardian Campaign

18 Nov 2015

The campaign, in association with European Antibiotic Awareness Day and the World Health Organisation’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, is aimed at improving knowledge and behaviour regarding antibiotic prescribing. The campaign urges everyone in the UK, the public and medical...

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