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World Sleep Day: Growing support for Fight Fatigue campaign

14. March 2019 - 17:26
Fri, 15/03/2019

World Sleep Day, today (15 March 2019), marks one year since the launch of the national Fight Fatigue campaign, a joint initiative of the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of fatigue and shift work on our NHS workforce. Despite growing support for the campaign there is still much to be done and fatigue continues to impact the health and wellbeing of those working in the NHS.

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Medical devices alert: enFlow® IV fluid and blood warmer

8. March 2019 - 17:03
Fri, 08/03/2019

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have today issued a Medical Devices Alert (MDA) about the enFlow IV Fluid/Blood Warming System, manufactured by Vyaire.

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Royal College of Pathologists supports national campaign to raise awareness of fatigue amongst healthcare staff

6. March 2019 - 11:30
Wed, 06/03/2019

The Royal College of Pathologists is supporting the national Fight Fatigue campaign to help raise awareness of fatigue amongst NHS healthcare staff. The campaign, run in partnership with the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) aims to tackle the negative effects of shift working and fatigue on the NHS workforce.

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Royal College of Physicians supports national campaign to raise awareness of fatigue amongst healthcare staff

1. March 2019 - 16:48
Fri, 01/03/2019

The Royal College of Physicians is supporting the national Fight Fatigue campaign to help raise awareness of fatigue amongst NHS healthcare staff. The campaign, run in partnership with the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) aims to tackle the negative effects of shift working and fatigue on the NHS workforce.

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Carlisle Method highlights new spate of data inaccuracies in medical trials

15. February 2019 - 12:54
Mon, 18/02/2019

A sophisticated computer programme that has previously spotted statistical inaccuracies within professional published work has once again highlighted fabricated data across multiple academic papers, according to a new study.

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The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine support national campaign to raise awareness of fatigue amongst healthcare staff

11. February 2019 - 12:00
Mon, 11/02/2019

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine are supporting the national Fight Fatigue campaign to help raise awareness of fatigue amongst NHS healthcare staff. The campaign, run in partnership with the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) aims to tackle the negative effects of shift working and fatigue on the NHS workforce.

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Anaesthetic Assessors for MBRRACE-UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths

7. February 2019 - 13:12
Thu, 07/02/2019

The RCoA/OAA is seeking to appoint new anaesthetic and critical care assessors for the MBRRACE-UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths. In the first instance we are seeking to appoint four national assessors (two anaesthetic, two critical care) to replace existing assessors who have come to the end of their term. The team of assessors is geographically representative of the four UK nations and regionally representative within England.

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Quick Reference Handbook - update your version now

28. January 2019 - 16:37
Mon, 28/01/2019

The Quick Reference Handbook has been updated.  Please ensure you have the latest version of these pages in your QRH, some of which contain critical updates.

0-1 Cover page (updated logo)
0-2 Contents (updated to January 2019 edition; contains updated guideline version numbers)
3-1 Anaphylaxis v.3 (further important updates in the light of NAP6)
3-4 Bronchospasm v.2 (critical correction to drug dose units)

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Sleep Deprivation May Affect Our Genes – Fight Fatigue campaign response

24. January 2019 - 8:56
Thu, 24/01/2019

A new study, The effect of sleep deprivation and disruption on DNA damage and health of doctors, published today (24 January 2019) in the journal Anaesthesia, demonstrates that disrupted sleep is associated with DNA damage.

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Guidelines for the safe practice of total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA)

22. January 2019 - 10:25
Tue, 22/01/2019

The Association of Anaesthetists and the Society for Intravenous Anaesthesia have produced new guidelines on the use of total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA) i.e. the maintenance of general anaesthesia by an intravenous drug infusion rather than by the more conventionally used inhaled anaesthetic drugs. These guidelines, published in the journal Anaesthesia this week (February 2019 issue), are the first nationally agreed guidelines on the use of TIVA.

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Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) will be opening its round of national awards on 7 February 2019

21. January 2019 - 14:31
Thu, 07/02/2019

The Association of Anaesthetists has been informed that the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) will be opening its round of national awards on 7 February 2019. The round will open on Thursday 7 February 2019 and close on 4 April 2019. For those seeking Association support for their application, the deadline for applications will be 09:00 25 February 2019.

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2019 Innovation in Anaesthesia Award – winner announced

14. January 2019 - 14:32
Mon, 14/01/2019

The Association of Anaesthetists has announced the winner for its 2019 Award for Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Award:

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Caring for an ageing population - a new approach for anaesthetists

14. January 2019 - 11:18
Mon, 14/01/2019

On Wednesday 9 January, Professor David Oliver, vice president, Royal College of Physicians and consultant geriatrics and acute general medicine, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, delivered his keynote lecture: ‘Be nice to your elders – it could be you one day’ at the Association of Anaesthetists annual Winter Scientific Meeting at the QEII Centre, London.

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Innovation in Anaesthesia Award – shortlist announced

8. January 2019 - 14:17
Tue, 08/01/2019



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Association of Anaesthetists and Royal College of Anaesthetists statement on Brexit supply pressures

21. December 2018 - 15:08
Fri, 21/12/2018

The Department of Health and Social Care has written to health and social care providers on what they need to consider in the period leading up to March 2019 in case of a no deal Brexit.

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NCEPOD report on perioperative diabetes

13. December 2018 - 9:36
Thu, 13/12/2018

The Association of Anaesthetists is pleased to see the release of a report from NCEPOD: ‘Highs and Lows. A review of the quality of care provided to patients over the age of 16 who had diabetes and underwent a surgical procedure’ (http://www.ncepod.org.uk/2018pd.html).

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Association of Anaesthetists and Royal College of Anaesthetists winter pressures statement

12. December 2018 - 12:11
Wed, 12/12/2018

The NHS faces increasing emergency pathway demands, and it is likely once again, that during the winter, doctors in training may be asked to work outside their conventional training placements. We have re-issued the guidance below and will continue to raise concerns with health bodies at a national level. 

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New draft for member consultation: Safe transfer of the brain-injured patient: trauma and stroke; 2018

10. December 2018 - 9:07
Mon, 10/12/2018

Safe transfer of the brain-injured patient: trauma and stroke; 2018guideline is in its final draft stage and comments are invited from members. Please read the draft and submit comments to workingparties@aagbi.org.

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GMC National Training Survey report statement

29. November 2018 - 12:33
Thu, 29/11/2018

The GMC have today published the results of the 2018 National Training Survey (NTS). This includes a case study from the fatigue working group of the Association of Anaesthetists (Association) and the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) describing the work the group is doing to improve the culture around fatigue.

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