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Better support needed for doctors entering UK practice

23 Sep 2011

Doctors entering the UK health service for the first time need better support in order to practise safely, according to a new report published today. Every year, around 12,000 doctors from the UK, Europe and countries around the world, start working in the UK for the first time...

Epidural injection safety

16 Sep 2011

Recent and continuing articles in the media about epidural safety have prompted the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) to provide the following statement.  As epidurals are used widely across the UK for adults and children, we have prepared this statement in partnership with...

Providing equity of critical and maternity care for the critically...

08 Aug 2011

The remit in producing this document was to summarise, in one place, existing standards and recommendations relevant to the care of the pregnant or recently pregnant critically ill woman for Maternity and Critical Care Services and Commissioners to respond to. There was no remit...

Sedation in Children and Young People

02 Aug 2011

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) strongly support the principle of developing national evidence-based recommendations on sedation practice in children, and we welcome the NICE Guideline Sedation in...

The UK International Emergency Trauma Register

01 Aug 2011

The RCoA has offered its support the establishment of a formal register of volunteer medical personnel for response to emergencies overseas. UK-Med has been recognised by the Department for International Development and the Department of Health as the host for a new UK...

Does anaesthesia affect brain development?

01 Jul 2011

APA Position statement on anaesthesia and the developing brain Concerns have been raised by the results of animal experiments that suggest that exposure to certain anaesthetics at critical stages of development could result in harm. The evidence was summarised in a recent...

Doctors asked to bring abuse concerns into the open

28 Jun 2011

Doctors who suspect children are being abused or neglected must tell parents and the young people themselves as soon as possible about their concerns and what action they will take, according to new draft guidance from the GMC. The guidance also proposes that all doctors have a...

PA(A) supervision and limitation of scope of practice (May 2011...

01 May 2011

RCoA Executive Summary: It remains the responsibility of those leading departments of anaesthesia, together with their constituent consultants, to ensure that PA(A)s work under the supervision of a consultant anaesthetist at all times. The PA(A) must work at all times within an...

Emergency Surgery – standards for unscheduled surgical care

08 Apr 2011

The RCoA is fully supportive of the RCS standards publication released today. The RCoA was an active contributor in the development of the document and would highlight the fact that early involvement by senior anaesthetic and ICM staff should also improve outcomes and that team...

Major complications of airway management in the UK

31 Mar 2011

Major report shows obese patients have double the risk of airway problems during an anaestheticStudy also shows routine monitoring of breathing could reduce deaths in intensive care A major UK study on complications of anaesthesia has shown that obese patients are twice as...

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