Updates and advice on drug usage in anaesthesia, RCoA
The Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Association of Anaesthetists, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and the Intensive Care Society worked with the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England and his team to issue guidance on how to rationalise the use of drugs in anaesthesia and intensive care to manage the demand for key drugs. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Restarting planned surgery in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: A strategy document from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Association of Anaesthetists, Intensive Care Society and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, FICM
As the UK and Ireland move beyond the current peak (or'surge') in the COVID-19 pandemic, national (state) health systems are looking to resume non-emergency and some elective surgery. Clinicians will rightly have concerns about what this means for their patients and for themselves. The ICM and anaesthesia COVID-19 collaborative in the UK has published a document describing when anaesthetic departments can start to move towards planned surgery, based on an assessment of their readiness. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View from the frontline of anaesthesia during COVID-19, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Key findings ■ 17% of respondents have or are currently taking time off work because of suspected COVID-19, rising to nearly a quarter when including confirmed cases of COVID-19. ■ Nearly 40% of respondents are unable to access the testing they need for themselves, while over 50% don't have the testing they need for household members, and one in five are unable to access the testing they need for their patients. ■ Over two thirds of respondents 73% told us they feel concerned for their health because of a lack of adequate PPE, with nearly one third 28% very concerned, while over one quarter feel pressurised to trea...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Advice for pregnant members of the anaesthesia and intensive care workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, FCIM
Throughout the pandemic, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, the Intensive Care Society, the Association of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Anaesthetists have referred to guidance published by the RCOG. We recommend that pregnant members, their clinical managers and College tutors read this guidance document. What follows is not meant to replace this guidance but to interpret it for those working in anaesthesia and intensive care settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Special Collection - Coronavirus (COVID-19): regional anaesthesia to reduce drug use in anaesthesia and avoid aerosol generation
Cochrane has released a   Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Collection: regional anaesthesia to reduce drug use in anaesthesia and avoid aerosol generationRegional anaesthesia is the term given to a variety of techniques where an anaesthetist injects local anaesthetic around peripheral nerves or the spinal cord to create temporary paraesthesia or paralysis in that part of the body. These techniques can be so effective that they can allow surgery in awake patients, and they provide excellent analgesia allowing for the avoidance of strong opiates and anaesthetic options for patients in whom general anaesthesia may be parti...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Prehabilitation for people with cancer: principles and guidance for prehabilitation within the management and support of people with cancer
This document published byThe Royal College of Anaesthetists, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration calls for changes to the delivery of cancer care across the UK, with a greater focus on prehabilitation including nutrition, physical activity and psychological support. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delivering perioperative medicine in integrated care systems
A report from the Royal College of Anaesthetists showcases programmes in hospitals across England that are improving patient care before, during and after surgery. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Prehab is the new rehab!  Why getting fit before an operation could speed-up your recovery
The Royal College of Anaesthetists is calling for prehabilitation to become routine in NHS hospitals. The 12-week programme includes physiotherapy and help to quit smoking. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Don't penalise trusts for reducing surgical activity', says royal college
Patients should be offered clinical alternatives to surgery, including “no surgery”, to ease pressure on the health service, the new head of the Royal College of Anaesthetists has told HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: Report and findings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists' 6th National Audit Project
The study has taken three years and included identifying and investigating every case of life-threatening anaphylaxis that occurred in NHS hospitals during one year – from three million anaesthetics. The findings are wide-ranging and often unexpected, highlighting new trends in the drugs causing anaphylaxis and the need for changes to hospital procedures and training, combined with better reporting and investigation of incidents. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: Report and findings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists' 6th National Audit Project
The study has taken three years and included identifying and investigating every case of life-threatening anaphylaxis that occurred in NHS hospitals during one year – from three million anaesthetics. The findings are wide-ranging and often unexpected, highlighting new trends in the drugs causing anaphylaxis and the need for changes to hospital procedures and training, combined with better reporting and investigation of incidents. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: Report and findings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists' 6th National Audit Project
The study has taken three years and included identifying and investigating every case of life-threatening anaphylaxis that occurred in NHS hospitals during one year – from three million anaesthetics. The findings are wide-ranging and often unexpected, highlighting new trends in the drugs causing anaphylaxis and the need for changes to hospital procedures and training, combined with better reporting and investigation of incidents. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: Report and findings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists' 6th National Audit Project
The study has taken three years and included identifying and investigating every case of life-threatening anaphylaxis that occurred in NHS hospitals during one year – from three million anaesthetics. The findings are wide-ranging and often unexpected, highlighting new trends in the drugs causing anaphylaxis and the need for changes to hospital procedures and training, combined with better reporting and investigation of incidents. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: Report and findings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists' 6th National Audit Project
The study has taken three years and included identifying and investigating every case of life-threatening anaphylaxis that occurred in NHS hospitals during one year – from three million anaesthetics. The findings are wide-ranging and often unexpected, highlighting new trends in the drugs causing anaphylaxis and the need for changes to hospital procedures and training, combined with better reporting and investigation of incidents. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: Report and findings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists' 6th National Audit Project
The study has taken three years and included identifying and investigating every case of life-threatening anaphylaxis that occurred in NHS hospitals during one year – from three million anaesthetics. The findings are wide-ranging and often unexpected, highlighting new trends in the drugs causing anaphylaxis and the need for changes to hospital procedures and training, combined with better reporting and investigation of incidents. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It ’s very rare to wake up during a general anaesthetic | Letters
Anaesthetists respond to a recent Guardian articleAccidental awareness (when a patient becomes conscious during a general anaesthetic) is an incredibly important issue to both patients and anaesthetists (The long read, 9 February). Patients undergoing surgery can be assured that it is highly uncommon to wake up during a general anaesthetic.The largest ever research study (NAP5) performed on this topic was carried out in 2014 by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. It showed that approximately one person in 20,000 reported awareness, and it most commonly occur...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Health Doctors Science Society UK news Medical research Source Type: news

PM urged to end 'damaging' contract stand-off
The leaders of 13 royal colleges have urged prime minister David Cameron to end the ‘damaging’ junior doctors contract stand-off. The 'eleventh hour' call comes in a letter signed by the clinical leaders which says health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s refusal to return to negotiations, and the resulting impasse, ‘poses a significant threat to our whole healthcare system’. Junior doctors will set up pickets across the country on Tuesday, 26 April and Wednesday, 27 April — the fifth round of industrial action. Last week, the BMA offered to call off the strike if Mr Hunt lifted imposition of the ...
Source: BMA News - April 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health secretary rejects return to negotiation
  The health secretary has rejected the chance to end next week’s planned strike action by dropping the threat of imposition. In a letter sent to Mr Hunt on Tuesday, BMA junior doctors committee chair Johann Malawana urged Mr Hunt to ‘make the right decision for patients, doctors and the long-term future of the NHS’. Mr Hunt announced his decision to impose the contract, in which doctors have no confidence, in February and junior doctors have now felt forced to take to the picket lines four times. Further industrial action, this time a full withdrawal of service by junior doctors in England, is plann...
Source: BMA News - April 20, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hundreds report waking up during surgery
“At least 150, and possibly several thousand, patients a year are conscious while they are undergoing operations,” The Guardian reports. A report suggests “accidental awareness” during surgery occurs in around one in 19,000 operations. The report containing this information is the Fifth National Audit Project (NAP5) report on Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia (AAGA) – that is, when people are conscious at some point during general anaesthesia. This audit was conducted over a three-year period to determine how common AAGA is. People who regain consciousness during surger...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice QA articles Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Association Newsletter July 2014
Welcome to the Hysterectomy Association Newsletter – July 2014. Phew! It’s been a hot few weeks here in the UK hasn’t it and the weather has brought out a rash of emails and questions about coping with hot flushes. Inevitably, if you are suffering from menopausal symptoms, heat is going to make you wilt. Last year, we put together a quick update on our Facebook page about staying cool in hot weather – this seems like a good time to share it again. You can find it here: 5 top tips for staying cool in the heat. As well as the questions about HRT another popular email topic has been the age at which wo...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 23, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Newsletters hormone replacement therapy research Source Type: news

Research Priorities in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care
Dr Oliver Boney is leading a nationwide project on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists to gather ideas about research priorities in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care. The focus of the Royal College resaerch is to improve the quality of care for anyone having an operation but to do that they need to know what both patients and clinicians feel are the most important things to focus on. As a result they are now running a survey asking patients, carers and  relatives, about what areas of anaesthesia and perioperative care should be ‘research priorities‘ in the future. The online survey takes no more ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 23, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Research anaesthetic Source Type: news

Fewer Patients Awake During Operations
WebMD Medical News By Tim Locke Reviewed by Rob Hicks, MD March 14, 2013 — Being aware of what’s going on during an operation under general anesthesia sounds scary. The good news is a new study suggests it happens less often than had been thought. Previous research has found that about 1 in 500 patients is aware or awake under general anaesthesia. The new report, from the U.K.’s Royal College of Anaesthetists, finds it is far less common, about 1 case in 15,000. Researchers also found that even where brain monitoring equipment is available, fewer than 2% of anesthesiologists routinely use it to check the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mreal197 Tags: WebMD News Source Type: news

New Survey Reports Low Rate Of Patient Awareness During Anaesthesia
The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) today publish initial findings from a major study which looked at how many patients experienced accidental awareness during general anaesthesia. The survey asked all senior anaesthetists in NHS hospitals in the UK (more than 80% of whom replied) to report how many cases of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia they encountered in 2011. There are three million general anaesthetics administered each year... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

New survey reports low rate of patient awareness during anesthesia
(Wiley) The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland today publish initial findings from a major study which looked at how many patients experienced accidental awareness during general anesthesia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 12, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news