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Patients should receive COVID-19 vaccine before surgery to reduce risk of postoperative death

Patients waiting for elective surgery should get COVID-19 vaccines ahead of the general population – potentially helping to avoid thousands of post-operative deaths linked to the virus, according to a

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Whatever happened to Exercise Cygnus?

James Watts, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, East Lancashire NHS Teaching Hospitals Trust, explores what learning points were identified from Exercise Cygnus, and whether the criticism of its

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Engineers share DIY instructions for 3D-printed blood oxygen sensor

Designs for a low-cost, 3D-printed blood-oxygen sensor have been shared by engineers at the University of Bath to help in the fight against Covid-19. The do-it-yourself ‘Open Oximeter’ sensor, designed

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Fear of complaints pushing doctors to breaking point, warns MDU

Doctors fear a wave of complaints due to the difficulties of caring for patients during the pandemic, according to a new survey published recently. The survey of 1,203 doctors by

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Routine testing for COVID-19 can make surgery safer

Routine testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could reduce the risk of respiratory complications and save lives, a new study reveals. Researchers working together around the world found that

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ENG4NHS: A new organisation to help the NHS and other not-for-profit healthcare organisations

Prof Peter J Ogrodnik is the course director for the MSc in Medical Engineering Design at Keele University and is a founder of the ENG4NHS project. Here, he talks to

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Providing safe regional anaesthesia during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Stewart Southey looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the very nature of how anaesthesia services can be delivered, and the need for increased attention on patient safety in regional

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ECT in the time of COVID

Dr Karen Butler and Dr Jim Watts, both consultants at East Lancashire NHS Trust, Blackburn, Lancashire, discuss electro convulsive therapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic Electro convulsive therapy (ECT) is

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Further evidence does not support hydroxychloroquine for patients with COVID-19

The anti-inflammatory drug hydroxychloroquine does not significantly reduce admission to intensive care or death in patients hospitalised with pneumonia due to covid-19, finds a study from France published by The BMJ recently.

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Pathophysiology of COVID-19: Myocarditis

Dr Helen Dixon MbChB, anaesthetic trainee at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, reviews the presentation, diagnosis and management of myocarditis in COVID-19 . On the 31st December 2019, Wuhan Municipal