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New Health Secretary meets NHS Heroes on first hospital tour

Patients and staff at a London hospital spoke of their experiences of the NHS during a visit by new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Mr Hunt was given a tour of

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‘Substantial variation’ in stocks of essential antidotes at UK hospitals

There is “substantial variation” in the stocks of essential antidotes used to treat various types of life threatening poisoning incidents in UK acute hospitals, finds research published online in Emergency

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Survival after general anaesthetic dramatically improved worldwide over past 50 years

Survival after a general anaesthetic and within 48 hours of surgery has greatly improved worldwide over the past 50 years, according to an article published in The Lancet surgery-themed issue.

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Aspirin before heart surgery reduces the risk of post-operative acute kidney failure

Aspirin taken for five days before a heart operation can halve the numbers of patients developing post-operative acute kidney failure, according to research presented at the European Anaesthesiology Congress in

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European Society of Anaesthesiology calls for new research on improving surgical outcomes for patients

The European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) is calling for new research into how to improve the surgical outcomes of patients, including better ways of monitoring and preventing complications in those

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The contribution of genetics, environmental factors and demographics to the side effects of opioid pain killers

A study published in Anesthesiology analyses why some patients are more susceptible to problems caused by opioids, corner stone medications for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. The Stanford

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Inhaled pain relief in early labour is safe and effective

Inhaled pain relief appears to be effective in reducing pain intensity and in giving pain relief in the first stage of labour, say Cochrane researchers. These conclusions came from a

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Alcohol problems account for a quarter of Scottish intensive care unit admissions

A quarter of patients admitted to Scottish intensive care units have alcohol problems and the majority of those have chronic alcohol disease, with particular problems among men and younger people.

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TAVI restricted to very old or very sick patients

TAVI valves and catheters are widely used in Europe, with different indications, techniques and outcomes between different countries. “TAVI is a new technology which has been introduced in Europe but

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FPM Logbook

The FPM is happy to announce that the smartphone HanDBase version of the logbook for Pain Medicine is now available. Version two of the FPM Logbook is now ready for