Recognising the key role played by operating department practitioners during the pandemic

The significant role played by operating department practitioners (ODPs) during the pandemic, and their help in saving many thousands of lives, is being marked today (Friday). On national ODP Day, the union and the College of Operating Department Practitioners is drawing the public’s attention to their roles, to provide greater awareness of the vital work they do. Usually located in operating theatres, an ODP’s role is to provide complex care to patients at all stages of their operation, including when they receive anaesthetic and during their post-surgery recovery. Although their job title is not as instantly familiar as that of some hospital staff, their work is intrinsic to patient care, says UNISON. During the pandemic, many ODPs were moved to intensive care wards so their skills could be used to give the sickest patients a higher chance of survival. Often an ODP would be the last face a patient saw before they were placed on a ventilator. Carlene Palmer is an ODP at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham but was transferred to the intensive therapy unit (ITU) at the start of the outbreak. She said: “Although ODPs are very familiar with treating critically ill people, working in ITU was a massive challenge. “It was stressful but rewarding. There was a real feeling of positivity because we were helping and could see people recover. “Even now, when I ...
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Anaesthesist. 2021 Jul 22:1-9. doi: 10.1007/s00101-021-01005-7. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak hospitals prepared for increasing numbers of patients without knowing how patient populations were evolving and what resources would be required. The present study aimed to analyze the impact of the local COVID-19 pandemic on emergency resources of all hospitals in a major urban center (Mönchengladbach) in Germany.METHODS: This observational multicenter study involved all acute care hospitals (n = 4). Systemic emergency department (ED) parameters from weeks 4-2...
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Jt Dis Relat Surg. 2021;32(2):333-339. doi: 10.52312/jdrs.2021.78446. Epub 2021 Jun 11.ABSTRACTOBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the operational trends in the orthopedic surgery department of a tertiary referral center.PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 305 orthopedic surgical procedures in 245 patients (136 males, 109 females; mean age: 34±26.6 years; range, 0 to 91 years) between March 16th and June 27th, 2020 were retrospectively analyzed. The same period of the year before including 860 procedures in 783 patients (364 males, 419 fema...
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Introduction: In December 2019 the emergence of a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was reported in China. The World Health Organisation formally recognised this outbreak as a pandemic in March 2020. Despite a large number of case reports and series on COVID-19 in pregnancy, there is a paucity of information about anaesthetic outcomes. We aimed to conduct a secondary analysis for anaesthetic outcomes from a large systematic review of COVID-19 in pregnancy.1
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CONCLUSIONS: During pandemic, awake laparotomy under loco-regional anesthesia may be a crucial option in delivering acute care surgery to selected patients when intensive care beds are unavailable. Our procedure introduces potential ways to optimize this approach.PMID:33877680 | DOI:10.26355/eurrev_202104_25566
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