News and updates from today's Innovations in Emergency Surgery conference
Following the chairs introductions, Dr Anna Lipp Consultant Anaesthetist Norwich and Immediate Past President BADS delivers a presentation on 'The Day Surgery Pathway' focusing on:
• key elements of a day surgery pathway
• patient suitability for day surgery
• planning for successful day surgery on the day
In her presentation Dr Anna Lipp stated:
"The assessment of suitability can be tricky, especially with Junior Drs"
"The BADS Directory of Procedures is the what could be done, the National Dataset is what is actually done"
"Not all patients will need a carer for 24 hours, we know a lot of patients didn't have and they didn't come to any harm"
"Advise patients to stock up on their own painkillers before their op"
"Have a dedicated slot for ambulatory case early on a standard emergency list, 1st slot not often used"
"Recovery smoother if protocols in place"
"Use Nurse Led Discharge wherever you can"
Continuing the morning is Dr Theresa Hinde Council Member BADS and Anaesthetic SpR Exeter who will look at 'Patient Selection for Day Surgery', covering:
• new approaches to social challenges in day surgery
• is anyone medically inappropriate for day surgery?
• which procedures could we tackle?
In her presentation Dr Theresa Hinde stated:
"Up and down the country organisations are pushing the frontiers of Day Surgery"
"The Day Surgery mindset can transform the outcomes for both your patients and your hospital"
"Have appropriate staff making decisions regarding suitability"
"In assessment we are trying to establish are this patient's risks increased in any way by treatment on a day stay basis"
"One approach is to consider Day Surgery as default for elective surgery"
"Day Surgery has a myriad of benefits for the elderly"
"Use of frailty scores is increasing"
"Diabetics are usually better at managing their own diabetes than we are"
The afternoon sessions focus on the emergency surgical pathways with confefrence chair, Dr Mary Stocker President The British Association of Day Surgery and Consultant Anaesthetist and Lead for Day Surgery Torbay, discussing 'Emergency Surgical Pathways in Practice: Management of Surgical Abcess' focusing on:
• setting up a pathway
• patient outcomes
• efficiency improvements
Also of interest:
Breast Surgery as Day Surgery: A Joint HCUK & BADS conference
Thursday 11 May 2017
The Studio Conference Centre, Birmingham
23 February 2017