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Patient Safety Update published

17 Apr 2019

The Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG) has issued their Patient Safety Update, which contains important learning regarding reported anaesthesia-related untoward incidents. This update contains anonymous case studies from October to December 2018 and includes items relating to...

RCoA and FICM respond to enFlow IV fluid warming device health alert

15 Mar 2019

The Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine are closely monitoring the situation regarding Vyaire’s announcement on 13 March 2019 of their product recall of the enFlow® Fluid Warming System Disposable Cartridges. This follows the alert raised by the...

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RCoA responds to NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing...

20 Feb 2019

Responding to Health Education England’s publication of the report from the NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission, Dr Janice Fazackerley, Vice-President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said: “Staff wellbeing and patient safety are intertwined and it’s been...

Dedicated care before and after surgery offers patients a ‘...

12 Feb 2019

Exercise and nutritional support before an operation could reduce the time patients spend recovering in hospital after surgery, according to new report by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (the College). The report, A teachable moment: delivering perioperative medicine in...

Fatigue and its role in night surgery adverse events

08 Feb 2019

Responding to the publication of a paper in the British Journal of Anaesthesia that reports a higher incidence of adverse patient safety events during night-time surgery, Dr William Harrop-Griffiths, Chair of the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ Clinical Quality and Research...

RCoA responds to HSIB report on Transfer of Critically Ill Adults

23 Jan 2019

Dr William Harrop-Griffiths, Chair of the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ Clinical Quality and Research Board said: “The Royal College of Anaesthetists welcomes the publication of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s (HSIB) report on the Transfer of Critically Ill Adults...

Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines guidance

12 Dec 2018

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) welcomes the publication of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines guidance and is pleased both to support and endorse this document. Dr William Harrop-Griffiths, Chair of the RCoA's Clinical Quality and...

Guidelines for the Provision of Anaesthesia Services (GPAS) 2019...

03 Dec 2018

The College has updated three draft chapters of the Guidelines for the Provision of Anaesthesia Services (GPAS) 2019 using the College’s NICE-accredited development process. Consultation on these guidelines will be open from today until Friday 4 January 2019. We invite your...

Fourth Patient NELA Audit Report Published

07 Nov 2018

A new study from the Royal College of Anaesthetists around improvements in the care of patients before, during and after emergency bowel surgery shows enhanced patient care has led to the national 30-day mortality rate falling from 11.8 per cent to 9.5 per cent over the last...

Safe. Sustainable. Effective: developing a long-term plan for the...

01 Oct 2018

A joint submission from the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the RCoA’s Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) (September 2018) This joint submission on developing a long-term plan for the NHS, from the RCoA and the RCoA’s FPM, provides a number of recommendations for how, over...

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