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Warning about simultaneous use of a HME and a heated humidifier

06 Aug 2015

The Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group wish to warn anaesthetist and intensive care medicine colleagues that simultaneous use of a heat and moisture exchanger and a heated humidifier can cause critical airway occlusion within 24 hours. Therefore precautions should be taken to ensure...

Working together to deliver better healthcare - Future Hospital...

04 Aug 2015

The RCoA and RCP are working together to share good practice and learning on integrated care.  The RCoA’s Perioperative Medicine programme is aimed at the delivery of improved, joined up perioperative care for patients undergoing surgery. Through small changes to patient...

Annual Report and Triennial Review of the NHS Litigation Authority

23 Jul 2015

An independent Triennial Review of the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has been published by the Department of Health. The NHSLA has also published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2014/15. The College, through its Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG), continues to work with...

Joint RCoA and AAGBI statement on Accidental Awareness under...

21 Jul 2015

The RCoA and the AAGBI have been concerned at the somewhat alarmist nature of several articles published in the media this week, regarding the incidence of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia.  The RCoA and AAGBI have sought to address misconceptions where possible...

Secretary of State’s announcement on a seven-day service and the...

17 Jul 2015

The RCoA welcomes the measures set out by the Health Secretary to introduce high quality seven-day NHS services.  The College supports the need for consultant-directed care every day of the week to improve the quality of care for patients, improve safety and to make more...

Campaign for an Air Ambulance for Northern Ireland

16 Jul 2015

We have been informed of the sad death of Dr John Hinds, a close friend and colleague of our Fellows who worked as a consultant anaesthetist in Northern Ireland. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in early July, at the age of 35. Dr Hinds was well known and highly regarded...

Updated Statements on Anaesthesia and the Developing Brain

13 Jul 2015

The Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI) has released updated statements, which the RCoA fully supports, regarding the current understanding of the effects of anaesthesia on the developing brain. These statements are intended to help...

Consultation on proposed changes to the Deprivation of Liberty...

07 Jul 2015

The Law Commission has today opened a consultation on the law of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty (DoLS). The consultation paper, available here, reviews the DoLS in England and Wales, outlining provisional proposals representing the Law Commission’s view about how the...

NCEPOD report shows major shortfall in the care of GI bleed patients

03 Jul 2015

The College acknowledges NCEPOD’s important study, ‘Time to Get Control’, a report calling for life-saving 24/7 access to gastrointestinal (GI) bleed services, including on-site critical care and anaesthesia.  The report highlights major deficiencies in the diagnosis and...

The First Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit...

30 Jun 2015

The RCoA's First Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) outlining the results, conclusions and recommendations from the audit was published on 30 June 2015. The Audit, the first of its kind on emergency bowel surgery across England and Wales, analysed...

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