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Committee positions for NICE guideline on Intrapartum care for high...

19 Aug 2015

The National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH), which is hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), has been commissioned by NICE to produce a guideline on Intrapartum care for high risk women. This will sit alongside...

NHS England position statement on expected implementation dates for...

17 Aug 2015

While some Trusts have chosen to purchase proprietary non-Luer connectors without awaiting an International Standard, others are specifically waiting for ISO 80369-6 compliant devices to become available before deploying non-Luer devices. It may be as late as 2017 before all NHS...

Higher risk of death associated with weekend hospitalisation

17 Aug 2015

The Department of Health (England) has published further research on the increased risk of death following weekend admission to hospital. The study found clear evidence of an excess of mortality associated with admission to hospital on weekend days in the National Health Service...

Warning about simultaneous use of a HME and a heated humidifier

06 Aug 2015

The Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group wish to warn anaesthetist and intensive care medicine colleagues that simultaneous use of a heat and moisture exchanger and a heated humidifier can cause critical airway occlusion within 24 hours. Therefore precautions should be taken to ensure...

Working together to deliver better healthcare - Future Hospital...

04 Aug 2015

The RCoA and RCP are working together to share good practice and learning on integrated care.  The RCoA’s Perioperative Medicine programme is aimed at the delivery of improved, joined up perioperative care for patients undergoing surgery. Through small changes to patient...

Annual Report and Triennial Review of the NHS Litigation Authority

23 Jul 2015

An independent Triennial Review of the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has been published by the Department of Health. The NHSLA has also published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2014/15. The College, through its Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG), continues to work with...

Joint RCoA and AAGBI statement on Accidental Awareness under...

21 Jul 2015

The RCoA and the AAGBI have been concerned at the somewhat alarmist nature of several articles published in the media this week, regarding the incidence of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia.  The RCoA and AAGBI have sought to address misconceptions where possible...

Secretary of State’s announcement on a seven-day service and the...

17 Jul 2015

The RCoA welcomes the measures set out by the Health Secretary to introduce high quality seven-day NHS services.  The College supports the need for consultant-directed care every day of the week to improve the quality of care for patients, improve safety and to make more...

Campaign for an Air Ambulance for Northern Ireland

16 Jul 2015

We have been informed of the sad death of Dr John Hinds, a close friend and colleague of our Fellows who worked as a consultant anaesthetist in Northern Ireland. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in early July, at the age of 35. Dr Hinds was well known and highly regarded...

Updated Statements on Anaesthesia and the Developing Brain

13 Jul 2015

The Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI) has released updated statements, which the RCoA fully supports, regarding the current understanding of the effects of anaesthesia on the developing brain. These statements are intended to help...

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