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A Joint BADS & Healthcare Conferences UK Conference
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This virtual conference will provide you with the full conference experience from your workplace or home and will include: live and pre-recorded sessions, a dedicated landing page including supporting abstracts, resources and powerpoint presentations, interactive breakout groups, live Q&A sessions and polls, virtual networking with fellow delegates and speakers, additional educational taster sessions, password protected entry exclusively for attendees, CPD accreditation.
Day surgery is now provided for an increasing range of procedures, in patients ranging from the very fit to the rather frail. It has become the standard of care for many elective surgery procedures and should be the default option for all 200 procedures within the BADS Directory of Procedures.
The Covid-19 pandemic has put extraordinary strain on hospital services, staff and facilities with hospitals having to restructure pathways and spaces. During the first wave, the majority of elective surgery was suspended resulting in long delays for elective and some urgent surgery. The recovery of elective surgery in the NHS depends not only on the needs to address the back log of patients now requiring treatment but also the recognition that many patients remain increasingly reluctant to come into hospital.
It is therefore essential to rapidly develop provision for elective and urgent surgery via efficient day case pathways:
- To tackle expanding waiting lists
- To reduce the secondary impact of Covid-19 relating to morbidity associated with delayed surgery
- To provide an environment and pathway which enables patients to attend with confidence.
- To meet patient preference for day surgery over inpatient care.
As elective surgery resumes performing as many procedures as possible as a day case has never been more vital. Cold site surgery should be considered, ideally within a dedicated unit as part of an acute hospital site, and ensure that properly designed units are protected from surges in emergency care admissions. We will hear from Senior Charge Nurse Catherine Jack, about Queen Margaret Hospital “Cold site” Day Surgery Unit experience.
As the principles of ambulatory care are changing we have the National Lead for the Surgical Ambulatory Emergency Care Network and Chairman of the Surgical Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) group, Mr Arin Saha, speaking on SDEC and discussing how it has been affected by Covid-19. The president of the International Association of ambulatory surgery, Professor Doug McWhinnie, will be discussing the “New Normal” for day surgery pathways following Covid-19.
We will also hear about GIRFT data in the day case setting. The GIRFT programme has recognised the importance of day surgery. The GIRFT general surgery report acknowledges there are opportunities to learn from centres where the use of day case surgery for less complex procedures is most common. Within the Anaesthetic and Peri-operative medicine work stream GIRFT look at procedures from the BADS Directory of procedures which appear to have wide variations in successful day case rates. By tackling variations in the way services are delivered across the NHS, and by sharing best practice between trusts, GIRFT identifies changes that will help improve care and patient outcomes, as well as delivering efficiencies such as the reduction of unnecessary procedures and cost savings.
There will be an opportunity for discussion with the speakers, experts from BADS and participants from across the UK which will be of interest to those with medical and nursing backgrounds.