Category: Journal Club

Getting surgery right is more complex than it appears …

Hayes et al. have demonstrated that the implementation of the WHO Safe Surgery checklist is associated with concomitant reductions in the rates of death and complications among patients at least 16 years of age who were undergoing noncardiac surgery in a diverse group of hospitals (2). The Royal Australian College of Surgeons has approved a …

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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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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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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery – A Review

“Enhanced Recovery After Surgery is an evidence-based care improvement process for surgical patients. Implementation of ERAS programs results in major improvements in clinical outcomes and cost, making ERAS an important example of value-based care applied to surgery.”  Our next surgical grand rounds will discuss the ERAS protocol and its implementation at RNSH. Ljungqvist et al. …

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Did science save China?

As a part of  Nature’s 150-year anniversary collection of publications, Shellen Wu argues that it is an awakening of the spirit of scientific inquiry that has been responsible for the changes that have improved the living standards of this vast nation (Wu, 2019) —  that  “The red thread that runs through China’s past 150 years …

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Writing a short research proposal

Research Tips by Dr Julian Quinn Here, we outline some general pointers to writing a short document for seeking funding or some other type of support. Decide what the proposal is about and distil it into a short title This is a useful way to refine the central idea in a proposal. It must be …

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