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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the young people themselves as soon as possible about their concerns and what action they will take, according to new draft guidance from the GMC.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...

RCoA responds to the publication of the Health and Social Care Bill

21 Jan 2011

The legislative framework contained within the Health and Social Care Bill and its associated service changes impact on all areas of healthcare. The College welcomes some aspects of the Bill but also has concerns about the possible effect on anaesthesia, critical care and pain...

Elective and Emergency Surgery in the Elderly: An Age Old Problem

30 Nov 2010

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) welcomes the launch of this NCEPOD report on the elderly and, as the perioperative physicians in the hospital, we take particular note of the highlighted critical care and pain issues. This report is timely; it will allow and encourage...

Cosmetic Surgery: On the face of it

16 Sep 2010

The Royal College of Anesthetists welcomes the report ‘On the face of it’. This review of the organisational structures surrounding the practice of cosmetic surgery is released today by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death. Many of the findings are of...

Statement on the NPSA's Safer Neuraxial Connectors Alert (...

18 Aug 2010

Safer spinal (intrathecal), epidural and regional devicesNational Patient Safety Agency Alert NPSA/2009/PSA004A The Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG) has acknowledged the concerns of the specialty surrounding the above National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) Alert. The...

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