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Denning M, Goh ET, Tan B, et al., 2021, Determinants of burnout and other aspects of psychological well-being in healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic: A multinational cross-sectional study, PLOS ONE, Vol: 16, Pages: e0238666-e0238666
<jats:p>The Covid-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on healthcare systems and workers around the world. Such pressures may impact on working conditions, psychological wellbeing and perception of safety. In spite of this, no study has assessed the relationship between safety attitudes and psychological outcomes. Moreover, only limited studies have examined the relationship between personal characteristics and psychological outcomes during Covid-19. From 22nd March 2020 to 18th June 2020, healthcare workers from the United Kingdom, Poland, and Singapore were invited to participate using a self-administered questionnaire comprising the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ), Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) to evaluate safety culture, burnout and anxiety/depression. Multivariate logistic regression was used to determine predictors of burnout, anxiety and depression. Of 3,537 healthcare workers who participated in the study, 2,364 (67%) screened positive for burnout, 701 (20%) for anxiety, and 389 (11%) for depression. Significant predictors of burnout included patient-facing roles: doctor (OR 2.10; 95% CI 1.49–2.95), nurse (OR 1.38; 95% CI 1.04–1.84), and ‘other clinical’ (OR 2.02; 95% CI 1.45–2.82); being redeployed (OR 1.27; 95% CI 1.02–1.58), bottom quartile SAQ score (OR 2.43; 95% CI 1.98–2.99), anxiety (OR 4.87; 95% CI 3.92–6.06) and depression (OR 4.06; 95% CI 3.04–5.42). Significant factors inversely correlated with burnout included being tested for SARS-CoV-2 (OR 0.64; 95% CI 0.51–0.82) and top quartile SAQ score (OR 0.30; 95% CI 0.22–0.40). Significant factors associated with anxiety and depression, included burnout, gender, safety attitudes and job role. Our findings demonstrate a significant burden of burnout, anxiety, and depression amongst healthcare workers. A strong association was seen between SARS-CoV-2 testing, safety at
Moussa O, Ardissino M, Tang A, et al., 2021, Long-term cerebrovascular outcomes after bariatric surgery: A nationwide cohort study., Clin Neurol Neurosurg, Vol: 203
BACKGROUND: The proinflammatory state and metabolic changes associated with obesity contribute to cerebrovascular disease. Bariatric surgery can achieve a reliable reduction in body weight and improved metabolic profile in obese patients. However, its impact on cerebrovascular morbidity remains unexplored. This study investigates the effect of bariatric surgery on long-term risk of major cerebrovascular events. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was designed. Data was extracted from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. 4212 bariatric surgery patients were compared to 4212 age, sex, and BMI-matched controls. The primary composite endpoint was occurrence of any major adverse cerebrovascular event. Secondary endpoints included composite endpoints of ischaemic events, haemorrhagic events, individual components of the primary endpoint alone and all-cause mortality. An adjusted Cox proportional hazards model was implemented to analyse time to event data. RESULTS: Mean follow-up length was 11.4 years. The primary endpoint occurred in 73 patients. The bariatric surgery group had significantly lower adjusted major cerebrovascular event rates (HR 0.352, 95 %CI 0.195-0.637). Bariatric surgery was associated with lower rates of ischaemic events (HR 0.315, 95 %CI 0.156-0.635), particularly from transient ischaemic attacks (HR 0.364, 95 %CI 0.171-0.775). There was no difference in the rate of haemorrhagic events (HR 0.442, 95 %CI 0.147-1.330) or acute ischaemic stroke (HR 0.221, 95 %CI 0.046-1.054). In total 229 patients died during follow-up. Overall, all-cause mortality was significantly lower in the bariatric surgery group (HR 0.352, 95 %CI 0.195-0.637). CONCLUSIONS: This study identifies an association between bariatric surgery and lower long-term risk of major adverse cerebrovascular events in patients with obesity.
Russell VR, Ibrahim M, Phillips G, et al., 2021, Imperforate hymen mimicking acute appendicitis in an adolescent woman: a rare presentation., BMJ Case Rep, Vol: 14
Imperforate hymen is a rare congenital malformation of the female genital tract. The condition poses several diagnostic challenges owing to its low incidence and often atypical presentation. Classical symptoms include amenorrhoea and cyclical abdominal pain. Delayed diagnosis leads to potentially irreversible and lifechanging sequelae including infertility, endometriosis and renal failure. A premenarchal 13-year-old girl with a background of chronic constipation presented with symptoms mimicking acute appendicitis. The underlying cause was imperforate hymen and retrograde menstruation. The diagnosis was made during diagnostic laparoscopy. As with this patient, pre-existing symptoms are often troublesome long before the true diagnosis is made. This case report highlights the importance of recognising imperforate hymen as a potential cause of acute abdominal pain in premenarchal adolescent girls. The clinical picture may present as right or left iliac fossa pain. Early identification reduces the risk of adverse complications and avoids unnecessary and potentially harmful interventions.
Lam K, Iqbal F, Purkayastha S, et al., 2021, A protocol for a Delphi study investigating the ethical and data governance issues of artificial intelligence in surgery, JMIR Research Protocols, Vol: 10, ISSN: 1929-0748
Background: The rapid uptake of digital technology into the operating room has the potential to improve patient outcomes, increase efficiency of the use of operating rooms, and allow surgeons to progress quickly up learning curves. These technologies are, however, dependent on huge amounts of data, and the consequences of their mismanagement are significant. While the field of artificial intelligence ethics is able to provide a broad framework for those designing and implementing these technologies into the operating room, there is a need to determine and address the ethical and data governance challenges of using digital technology in this unique environment.Objective: The objectives of this study are to define the term digital surgery and gain expert consensus on the key ethical and data governance issues, barriers, and future research goals of the use of artificial intelligence in surgery.Methods: Experts from the fields of surgery, ethics and law, policy, artificial intelligence, and industry will be invited to participate in a 4-round consensus Delphi exercise. In the first round, participants will supply free-text responses across 4 key domains: ethics, data governance, barriers, and future research goals. They will also be asked to provide their understanding of the term digital surgery. In subsequent rounds, statements will be grouped, and participants will be asked to rate the importance of each issue on a 9-point Likert scale ranging from 1 (not at all important) to 9 (critically important). Consensus is defined a priori as a score of 7 to 9 by 70% of respondents and 1 to 3 by less than 30% of respondents. A final online meeting round will be held to discuss inclusion of statements and draft a consensus document.Results: Full ethical approval has been obtained for the study by the local research ethics committee at Imperial College, London (20IC6136). We anticipate round 1 to commence in January 2021.Conclusions: The results of this study will define the t
Samarasinghe S, Sudlow A, Dimitriadis GK, et al., 2021, Simple tool to prioritize access to bariatric surgery for people living with obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic, British Journal of Surgery, ISSN: 0007-1323
Kenkre J, Ahmed A, Purkayastha S, et al., 2021, Who will benefit from bariatric surgery for diabetes? A protocol for an observational cohort study, BMJ Open, Vol: 11, ISSN: 2044-6055
Introduction Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and obesity are pandemic diseases that lead to a great deal of morbidity and mortality. The most effective treatment for obesity and T2DM is bariatric or metabolic surgery; it can lead to long-term diabetes remission with 4 in 10 of those undergoing surgery having normal blood glucose on no medication 1 year postoperatively. However, surgery carries risks and, additionally, due to resource limitations, there is a restricted number of patients who can access this treatment. Moreover, not all those who undertake surgery respond equally well metabolically. The objective of the current research is to prospectively investigate predictors of T2DM response following metabolic surgery, including those directly involved in its aetiopathogenesis such as fat distribution and genetic variants. This will inform development of a clinically applicable model to help prioritise this therapy to those predicted to have remission.Methods and analysis A prospective multicentre observational cohort study of adult patients with T2DM and obesity undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Patients will be comprehensively assessed before surgery to determine their clinical, metabolic, psychological, genetic and fat distribution profiles. A multivariate logistic regression model will be used to assess the value of the factors derived from the preoperative assessment in terms of prediction of diabetes remission.Ethics and dissemination Formal ethics review was undertaken with a favourable opinion (UK HRA RES reference number 18/LO/0931). The dissemination plan is to present the results at conferences, in peer-reviewed journals as well as to lay media and to patient organisations.Trial registration details ClinicalTrials.gov, Identifier: NCT03842475.
Arhi CS, Dudley R, Moussa O, et al., 2021, The Complex Association Between Bariatric Surgery and Depression: a National Nested-Control Study, OBESITY SURGERY, ISSN: 0960-8923
Ilesanmi I, Tharakan G, Alexiadou K, et al., 2021, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Increases Glycemic Variability and Time in Hypoglycemia in Patients With Obesity and Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes: A Prospective Cohort Study, DIABETES CARE, Vol: 44, Pages: 614-617, ISSN: 0149-5992
Miras A, Kamocka A, Pérez-Pevida B, et al., 2021, The effect of standard versus longer intestinal bypass on GLP-1 regulation and glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes undergoing roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The long-limb study, Diabetes Care, Vol: 44, Pages: 1-9, ISSN: 0149-5992
ObjectiveRoux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) characteristically enhances post-prandial levels of Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), a mechanism that contributes to its profound glucose-lowering effects. This enhancement is thought to be triggered by bypass of food to the distal small intestine with higher densities of neuroendocrine L-cells. We hypothesised that if this is the predominant mechanism behind the enhanced secretion of GLP-1, a longer intestinal bypass would potentiate the post-prandial peak in GLP-1, translating into higher insulin secretion and thus additional improvements in glucose tolerance. To investigate this, we conducted a mechanistic study comparing two variants of RYGB that differ in the length of intestinal bypass.Research Design and MethodsFifty-three patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity were randomised to either ‘standard limb’ RYGB (50cm biliopancreatic limb) or ‘long limb’ RYGB (150cm biliopancreatic limb). They underwent measurements of GLP-1 and insulin secretion following a mixed meal and insulin sensitivity using euglycaemic hyperinsulinaemic clamps at baseline, 2 weeks and at 20% weight loss after surgery.ResultsBoth groups exhibited enhancement in post-prandial GLP-1 secretion and improvements in glycaemia compared to baseline. There were no significant differences in post-prandial peak concentrations of GLP-1, time to peak, insulin secretion, and insulin sensitivity. ConclusionThe findings of this study demonstrate that lengthening of the intestinal bypass in RYGB does not affect GLP-1 secretion. Thus, the characteristic enhancement of GLP-1 response after RYGB might not depend on delivery of nutrients to more distal intestinal segments.
Zakka K, Chidambaram S, Mansour S, et al., 2021, SARS-CoV-2 and Obesity: "CoVesity"-a Pandemic Within a Pandemic, OBESITY SURGERY, Vol: 31, Pages: 1745-1754, ISSN: 0960-8923
Ardissino M, Watson F, Amin R, et al., 2021, Atherosclerotic disease burden after bariatric surgery in patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes, JOURNAL OF DIABETES, ISSN: 1753-0393
Raglan O, MacIntyre D, Mitra A, et al., 2021, The association between obesity and weight loss after bariatric surgery on the vaginal microbiota, Microbiome, ISSN: 2049-2618
Background: Obesity and vaginal microbiome (VMB) dysbiosis are each risk factors for adverse reproductive and oncological health outcomes in women. Here we investigated the relationship between obesity, vaginal bacterial composition, local inflammation and bariatric surgery.Methods: Vaginal bacterial composition assessed by high-throughput sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA genes and local cytokine levels measured using a multiplexed Magnetic Luminex Screening Assay were compared between 67 obese and 42 non-obese women. We further assessed temporal changes in the microbiota and cytokines in a subset of 27 women who underwent bariatric surgery. Results: The bacterial component of the vaginal microbiota in obese women was characterised by a lower prevalence of a Lactobacillus-dominant VMB and higher prevalence of a high diversity (Lactobacillus spp., and Gardnerella- spp. depleted) VMB, compared with non-obese subjects (p<0.001). Obese women had higher relative abundance of Dialister species (p<0.001), Anaerococcus vaginalis (p=0.021) and Prevotella timonensis (p=0.020) and decreased relative abundance of Lactobacillus crispatus (p=0.014). Local vaginal IL-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-8, IFNγ, MIP-1α, and TNFα levels were all higher among obese women, however only IL-1β and IL-8 correlated with VMB species diversity. In a subset of obese women undergoing bariatric surgery, there were no significant overall differences in VMB following surgery, however 75% of these women remained obese at six months. Prior to surgery there was no relationship between body mass index (BMI) and VMB structure, however post-surgery women with a Lactobacillus-dominant VMB had a significantly lower BMI than those with a high diversity VMB.Conclusions: Obese women have a significantly different vaginal microbiota composition with increased levels of local inflammation compared to non-obese women. Bariatric surgery does not change the VMB, however, those with the greatest
Moussa O, Ardissino M, Muttoni S, et al., 2021, Long-term incidence and outcomes of obesity-related peripheral vascular disease after bariatric surgery, LANGENBECKS ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, ISSN: 1435-2443
Williams SP, Purkayastha S, Chaturvedi S, et al., 2021, Organizational health and independent sector healthcare organizations, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT, ISSN: 2047-9700
Erridge S, Moussa O, McIntyre C, et al., 2021, Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Obese Patients: a UK Population Analysis, OBESITY SURGERY, ISSN: 0960-8923
Tan BYQ, Kanneganti A, Lim LJH, et al., 2020, Burnout and Associated Factors Among Health Care Workers in Singapore During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA): long-term care: management, applied research and clinical issues, Vol: 21, Pages: 1751-1758.e5, ISSN: 1525-8610
OBJECTIVES: The strain on health care systems due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased psychological distress among health care workers (HCWs). As this global crisis continues with little signs of abatement, we examine burnout and associated factors among HCWs. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, administrative, and support staff in 4 public hospitals and 1 primary care service in Singapore 3 months after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. METHODS: Study questionnaire captured demographic and workplace environment information and comprised 3 validated instruments, namely the Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI), Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ), and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Multivariate mixed model regression analyses were used to evaluate independent associations of mean OLBI-Disengagement and -Exhaustion scores. Further subgroup analysis was performed among redeployed HCWs. RESULTS: Among 11,286 invited HCWs, 3075 valid responses were received, giving an overall response rate of 27.2%. Mean OLBI scores were 2.38 and 2.50 for Disengagement and Exhaustion, respectively. Burnout thresholds in Disengagement and Exhaustion were met by 79.7% and 75.3% of respondents, respectively. On multivariate regression analysis, Chinese or Malay ethnicity, HADS anxiety or depression scores ≥8, shifts lasting ≥8 hours, and being redeployed were significantly associated with higher OLBI mean scores, whereas high SAQ scores were significantly associated with lower scores. Among redeployed HCWs, those redeployed to high-risk areas in a different facility (offsite) had lower burnout scores than those redeployed within their own work facility (onsite). A higher proportion of HCWs redeployed offsite assessed their training to be good or better compared with those redeployed onsite. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Every level of the health care workforce is suscepti
Watson F, Ardissino M, Amin RJ, et al., 2020, Bariatric Surgery is Associated With Reduced Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Burden in Obese Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: A Propensity-matched Cohort Study, Publisher: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, ISSN: 0009-7322
Vaghela U, Rabinowicz S, Bratsos P, et al., 2020, REDASA: A Secure Continually Updating Web-Source Processing Pipeline supporting a REaltime DAta Synthesis and Analysis of Scientific Literature, Journal of Medical Internet Research, ISSN: 1438-8871
Moussa O, Ardissino M, Vincent M, et al., 2020, Long-term cardiovascular outcomes after orlistat therapy in patients with obesity: a nationwide, propensity score matched cohort study, European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy, ISSN: 2055-6845
Importance: The rising prevalence of obesity and its associated co-morbidities represent a growing public health issue; in particular, obesity is known to be a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Despite the evidence behind the efficacy of orlistat in achieving weight loss in patients with obesity, no study thus far has quantified its long-term effect on cardiovascular outcomes.Objective: The purpose of this study is to explore long-term cardiovascular outcomes after orlistat therapy. Methods:. A propensity score matched cohort study was conducted on the nation-wide electronic primary and integrated secondary healthcare records of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The 36,876 patients with obesity in the CPRD database who had completed a course of orlistat during follow up were matched on a 1:1 basis with equal numbers of controls who had not taken orlistat. Patients were followed up for a median of 6 years for the occurrence of the primary composite endpoint of major adverse cardiovascular events (fatal or non-fatal myocardial infarction or ischaemic stroke), and a number of secondary endpoints including primary endpoint components individually, the occurrence of new-onset heart failure, coronary revascularization, new chronic kidney disease stage III+ (CKD3+), and all-cause mortality. Results: During the median study follow-up of 6 years, the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events was lower in the orlistat cohort (HR 0.74; 95%CI 0.66-0.83, p<0.001). Patients who took orlistat experienced lower rates of myocardial infarction (HR 0.77; 95% CI 0.66-0.88, p<0.001) and ischaemic stroke (HR 0.68; 95% CI 0.56 -0.84, p<0.001) as well as new onset heart failure (HR 0.79; 95% CI 0.67-0.94, p=0.007). There was no differences in revascularization rates (HR 1.12; 95% CI 0.91-1.38, p=0.27), but a lower rate of both CKD3+ development (HR 0.78; 95% CI 0.73-0.83, p<0.001) and mortality (HR 0.39, 95% CI 0.36 -0.41, p<0.001) was obse
Jamel S, Hakky SM, Tukanova K, et al., 2020, Hybrid approach to ventral wall hernia repair: a single-institution cohort study, EUROPEAN SURGERY-ACTA CHIRURGICA AUSTRIACA, Vol: 53, Pages: 60-65, ISSN: 1682-8631
Hameed S, Salem V, Alessimii H, et al., 2020, Imperial Satiety Protocol: A new non-surgical weight-loss programme, delivered in a health care setting, produces improved clinical outcomes for people with obesity, DIABETES OBESITY & METABOLISM, Vol: 23, Pages: 270-275, ISSN: 1462-8902
Moussa O, Zakeri R, Arhi C, et al., 2020, Impact of COVID-19 on Obesity Management Services in the United Kingdom (The COMS-UK study), OBESITY SURGERY, Vol: 31, Pages: 904-908, ISSN: 0960-8923
Lam K, Clarke J, Purkayastha S, et al., 2020, Uptake and accessibility of surgical robotics in England, International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, Vol: 17, Pages: 1-7, ISSN: 1478-5951
BackgroundThe distribution, utilisation and accessibility of surgical robotics in England is unknown.MethodsA nationwide Freedom of Information (FOI) request was sent to all acute National Health Service (NHS) trusts. Accessibility was assessed for 32 843 Lower Super Output Areas in England.ResultsAll 149 acute NHS trusts responded to the FOI request. Sixty‐one robots are distributed between 48 trusts. The number of robots and robotic procedures has increased annually. Urological procedures comprise 84.2% of robotic procedures. Procedure volume varies between robotic centres ranging from 1 to 683 in 2018. Over 2.4 million people have a travel time of over 1 hour to their nearest robotic centre.DiscussionNational accessibility to robotic services and case volumes are variable and does not represent good value for the NHS. A national robotic surgery registry could improve the quality of robotic surgery and is needed to dynamically assess national provision of this technology.
Evans-Harvey K, Erridge S, Karamchandani U, et al., 2020, Comparison of surgeon gaze behaviour against objective skill assessment in laparoscopic cholecystectomy-a prospective cohort study, International Journal of Surgery, Vol: 82, Pages: 149-155, ISSN: 1743-9159
BackgroundEye tracking technology may provide the basis of a novel, objective technical skill assessment in surgery. Past research has showed differences in the gaze patterns between expert and novice surgeons. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between gaze behaviors and technical skill during laparoscopic cholecystectomy as determined by objective assessment scores.MethodsGaze behaviors of surgeons performing laparoscopic cholecystectomies were mapped using wearable eye tracking apparatus. Two impartial surgeons retrospectively analyzed video footage of the procedure to perform Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skill (OSATS) assessments. Primary endpoints were correlation between gaze behaviours (dwell time (%) and fixation frequency (count/s)) and OSATS scores. Dwell time was defined as the percentage of time spent fixating on particular visual areas of interest (AOI). Pearson's correlation coefficient was used to estimate the relationship between primary endpoints and AOIs. Statistical significance was set at p < 0.05.Results13 procedures were analyzed. Throughout all operative segments, a negative correlation was present between operating theatre dwell time and OSATS scores (p < 0.05). During dissection of Calot's triangle, there was a strong positive correlation between laparoscopic screen dwell time and OSATS scoring [r = 0.655, p < 0.05]. Scrub nurse dwell time during dissection of Calot's triangle showed a strong negative correlation with OSATS scoring [r = −0.619, p < 0.05]. During dissection of gallbladder fossa, operating theatre fixation frequency negatively correlated against OSATS scores [r = −0.566, p < 0.05].ConclusionThe results suggest a greater focus on significant visual stimuli alongside a lack of attention to non-essential stimuli during critical stages of the operative period is associated with greater technical skill. This aids the validation of eye tracking as an adjunct high-stak
Denning M, Goh ET, Scott A, et al., 2020, What has been the impact of Covid-19 on Safety Culture? A case study from a large metropolitan teaching hospital, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol: 17, Pages: 1-14, ISSN: 1660-4601
Covid-19 has placed an unprecedented demand on healthcare systems worldwide. A positive safety culture is associated with improved patient safety and in turn patient outcomes. To date, no study has evaluated the impact of Covid-19 on safety culture. The Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ) was used to investigate safety culture at a large UK healthcare trust during Covid-19. Findings were compared with baseline data from 2017. Incident reporting from the year preceding the pandemic was also examined. SAQ scores of doctors and 'other clinical staff', were relatively higher than the nursing group. During Covid-19, on univariate regression analysis, female gender, age 40-49 years, non-white ethnicity, and nursing job role were all associated with lower SAQ scores. Training and support for redeployment were associated with higher SAQ scores. On multivariate analysis, non-disclosed gender (-0.13), non-disclosed ethnicity (-0.11), nursing role (-0.15), and support (0.29) persisted to significance. A significant decrease (p<0.003) was seen in error reporting after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first study to investigate SAQ during Covid-19. Differences in SAQ scores were observed during Covid-19 between professional groups when compared to baseline. Reductions in incident reporting were also seen. These changes may reflect perception of risk, changes in volume or nature of work. High-quality support for redeployed staff may be associated with improved safety perception during future pandemics.
Zakka K, Erridge S, Chidambaram S, et al., 2020, Electrocautery, diathermy, and surgical energy devices: are surgical teams at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic?, Annals of Surgery, Vol: 272, Pages: e257-e262, ISSN: 0003-4932
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to provide a rapid synthesis of available data to identify the risk posed by utilizing surgical energy devices intraoperatively due to the generation of surgical smoke, an aerosol. Secondarily it aims to summarize methods to minimize potential risk to operating room staff. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Continuing operative practice during the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic places the health of operating theatre staff at potential risk. SARS-CoV2 is transmitted through inhaled droplets and aerosol particles, thus posing an inhalation threat even at considerable distance. Surgical energy devices generate an aerosol of biological particular matter during use. The risk to healthcare staff through use of surgical energy devices is unknown. METHODS: This review was conducted utilizing a rapid review methodology to enable efficient generation and dissemination of information useful for concurrent clinical practice. RESULTS: There are conflicting stances on the use of energy devices and laparoscopy by different surgical governing bodies and societies. There is no definitive evidence that aerosol generated by energy devices may carry active SARS-CoV2 virus. However, investigations of other viruses have demonstrated aerosolization through energy devise use. Measures to reduce potential transmission include appropriate personal protective equipment, evacuation and filtration of surgical plume, limiting energy device use if appropriate, and adjusting endoscopic and laparoscopic practice (low CO2 pressures, evacuation through ultrafiltration systems). CONCLUSIONS: The risk of transmission of SARS-CoV2 through aerosolized surgical smoke associated with energy device use is not fully understood, however transmission is biologically plausible. Caution and appropriate measures to reduce risk to healthcare staff should be implemented when considering intraoperative use of energy devices.
Martin G, Koiza L, Kooner A, et al., 2020, Protecting healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic with new technologies: acceptability, feasibility and impact of the HoloLens2™ mixed reality headset across multiple clinical settings, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol: 22, Pages: 1-9, ISSN: 1438-8871
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid acceleration in the deployment of new digital technologies to improve both accessibility and quality of care, and to protect staff. Mixed reality technology is the latest iteration of telemedicine innovation and is logical next step in the move towards the provision of digitally supported clinical care and medical education. The technology has the potential to revolutionise care both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.Objective:This pilot project sought to deploy the HoloLens2™ mixed reality (MR) device to support the delivery of remote care in COVID-19 hospital environments.Methods:A prospective observational nested cohort evaluation of the HoloLens2™ was undertaken across three distinct clinical clusters in a UK teaching hospital. Data pertaining to staff exposure to high-risk COVID-19 environments and PPE use were collected, and assessments of acceptability and feasibility conducted.Results:The deployment of HoloLens2™ led to a 51·5% reduction in time exposed to harm for staff looking after COVID-19 patients (3·32 vs. 1·63 hours/day/staff member, p=0·002), and a 83·1% reduction in the amount of PPE used (178 vs. 30 items/round/day, p=0·017). This represents 222.98hrs reduced staff exposure to COVID-19, and 3,100 fewer items of PPE used each week across the three clusters evaluated. The majority of staff using the device agreed it was easy to set up and comfortable to wear, improved the quality of care and decision making, and led to better teamwork and communication. 89·3% of users felt that their clinical team was safer when using the HoloLens2™.Conclusions:New technologies have a role in minimising exposure to nosocomial infection, optimising the use of PPE and enhancing aspects of care. Deploying such technologies at pace requires context specific information security, infection control, and user experience and workflow integration to
Markar SR, Martin G, Penna M, et al., 2020, Changing the paradigm of surgical research during a pandemic, Annals of Surgery, Vol: 272, Pages: e170-e171, ISSN: 0003-4932
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a paradigm shift in how we manage surgical patients. Assuch, there is an immediate need to adapt the traditional model of surgical research in order tocreate pragmatic studies with adaptive designs in order to rapidly disseminate key knowledgeamongst the global surgical community.
Pouwels S, Omar I, Aggarwal S, et al., 2020, The First Modified Delphi Consensus Statement for Resuming Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in the COVID-19 Times, OBESITY SURGERY, Vol: 31, Pages: 451-456, ISSN: 0960-8923
Chidambaram S, Erridge S, Kinross J, et al., 2020, Observational study of UK mobile health apps for COVID-19, The Lancet Digital Health, Vol: 2, Pages: e388-e390, ISSN: 2589-7500
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