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Improving & Enhancing Perioperative Medicine

Thursday 13 October 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving & Enhancing Perioperative Medicine

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This second national UK conference, which is aimed at all members of the multidisciplinary perioperative team, focuses on improving and enhancing perioperative medicine with a focus on high risk surgical patients and those with comorbid conditions following the 2015 report by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Through national updates , and practical case studies the conference aims to improve the perioperative pathway for these patients, improving patient outcomes and efficiency.

“The aim of perioperative medicine is to deliver the best possible care for patients, before, during and after major surgery”

“There is a growing body of evidence that the needs of the high-risk surgical patient are not being met. As a result, patients who are older or have significant medical problems are offered major surgery in a system that cannot adjust to minimize their risk of complications… The majority of complications which occur after surgery are not due to technical errors or failures by the surgical team, but are medical complications such as pneumonia or myocardial infarction. The prevention and treatment of these medical complications requires a broader approach than we currently take to the care of the surgical patient. The scale of this unmet need is becoming increasingly clear with 10 million patients undergoing surgery each year in the NHS, even a low rate of avoidable harm will be associated with many preventable complications and deaths. We believe that perioperative medicine provides a solution to the unmet need”

“Surgery is an important treatment option for a wide range of acute and chronic diseases, with around 10 million patients having procedures annually; a number which will continue to rise. For most patients surgery is a success, both in terms of the procedure itself and the care before and afterwards. However, the population is changing and so must our services. There are 250,000 patients at higher risk from surgery and this number is set to rise. So with increasing demand and the increasing complexity of surgical procedures, come new challenges that we must address.”  The Perioperative Medicine Programme, The Royal College of Anaesthetists, January 2015

“There are clearly challenges ahead but working together there is no reason why we cannot make perioperative medicine a reality for every NHS patient who needs a little extra care to ensure surgery is a safe and effective treatment for them” Prof Monty Mythen, Chair Perioperative Medicine Programme & Council Member, The Royal College of Anaesthetists

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