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RNSH Surgery: COVID-19 Precuations for Laparoscopic Surgery

This video contains instructions for the use of the Conmed Airseal System with COVID-19 precautions. The protocol is relevant to the use of the system in the operating theatres at the Royal North Shore Hospital as of the 8th of April, 2020.

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Research guide – Poster presentations

by Dr Julian Quinn, The SERT Institute, RNSH.  Posters are a very important form of presentation at conferences and nearly all researchers will present them at some time.  The following are important considerations for poster preparation and presenting.

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Outcomes of patients undergoing surgeries during the incubation period of COVID-19 infection

This retrospective study described the clinical characteristics and outcomes of the patients who were unintentionally scheduled for elective surgeries during the incubation period of COVID-19 infection (1). They found that  44% of patients needed ICU care. The overall mortality rate was 20.5%. A limitation of this study was its small sample size. Nevertheless, it’s findings …

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PPE Training for Surgical Staff @ RNSH

All surgical staff should be familiar with the RNSH COVID-19 Precautions for Surgery document. The most recent version of which is available on the hospital Intranet.

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Cardiovascular Disease and COVID-19 Mortality – Consensus Statement

A consensus statement, endorsed by the CSANZ, ANZSCTS, National Heart Foundation (NHF), and the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA) includes recommendations related to the care of patients with cardiovascular disease and  COVID-19 infection (1)  [see Link]. They conclude that:

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RNSH COVID-19 Technical Guidance on Minimally Invasive Surgery

This document provides guidance on the management of minimally invasive surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is current as of the 31st March 2020 [See LINK].