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Safe Sedation of Adults in the Emergency Department

05 Nov 2012

This has been produced as a good practice document on sedation in the Emergency Department.  The document was produced by a working party which included members from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the College of Emergency Medicine and other stakeholder groups.

Too lean a service? A review of bariatric surgery

18 Oct 2012

National enquiry says obesity surgery is not a quick fix and calls for improvements to pre-surgery counselling Bariatric weight loss surgery is now all too often thought of as a quick fix, and many patients undergo operations without proper assessment of the considerable risks...

2012 Transfusion Awareness Campaign

28 Sep 2012

2012 Transfusion Awareness Campaign 'Do you know who I am?' Positive patient identification leads to right patient, right blood every time  The Chief Medical Officer’s National Blood Transfusion Committee have launched the UK Patient Awareness Campaign 'Do you know who I am?' in...

The Audit Recipe Book (3rd edition) 2012

11 Sep 2012

Raising the Standard: a compendium of audit recipes (3rd edition) 2012 is now available to view online.

Safer Surgery Week 2012

06 Sep 2012

Patient Safety First and the Clinical Board for Surgical Safety are hosting Safer Surgery Week, beginning on 24th of September. All Trusts in England are using the Surgical Safety Checklist in order to provide safer surgical care. This is a great achievement. However, we know...

New GMC child protection guidance comes into effect

03 Sep 2012

New guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) to help doctors protect children from abuse and neglect comes into effect today (3 September). The guidance – issued to more than 230,000 doctors – has been designed to give doctors the confidence to act when they need to and...

National Early Warning Score (NEWS)

30 Jul 2012

New National Early Warning Score could save 6,000 lives...> It is very encouraging to see such a strong recommendation for common, transferrable and easily understood patient information to be used across the NHS.  Standardisation for this data makes for easier completion and...

Dental Trauma During Anaesthesia

13 Jul 2012

This series of two posters to be displayed in anaesthetic workspaces, and the accompanying patient referral form, have been developed by King's Dental Institute in association with the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group.

Guidelines for patients undergoing surgery as part of an Enhanced...

26 Jun 2012

These guidelines have been produced to provide general information for patients undergoing surgery as part of an Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERP). They have been written by medical and non-medical members of three medical Royal Colleges, all of which run patient groups that...

'Mothers of Africa' Educational Initiative

21 Jun 2012

UK experts will train midwives to perform obstetric surgery and nurse anaesthetists to provide critical care for newborn infants in a new project in Africa In an innovative move to counteract the health worker brain drain, urbanisation and loss of doctors through recent armed...