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Care UK treatment centre leads training in revolutionary anaesthetic technique

Patients undergoing surgery across Britain are set to benefit from a new training initiative devised by experts at Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre in Bristol.

 
 
Dr Marco La Malfa, clinical director of anaesthetics, Care UK.
Dr Marco La Malfa, clinical director of anaesthetics, Care UK.
PRLog - Jul. 22, 2014 - COLCHESTER, U.K. -- Dr Marco La Malfa, Care UK’s Clinical Director of Anaesthetics, has begun  training NHS teams composed of anaesthetists, surgeons, nurses and managers in the hospital’s revolutionary fast track pathways which can see people going home an hour after their operation.

During the last 18 months Dr La Malfa has trained 60 NHS visiting consultant anaesthetists in using a laryngeal mask with patients in spontaneous breathing, utilising Suprane (desflurane) as anaesthetic gas and Plasmalyte as IV fluid – a technique that not only allows the anaesthetic to be fine-tuned to the patient’s needs but also allows a patient to become conscious and responsive as soon as the surgery is complete. The technique is suitable for most day surgery cases carried out at the centre in Emersons Green including minor orthopaedic, gynaecology, urology, ear, nose and throat and general surgery.

Dr La Malfa said: “The feedback has been universally positive and there is now a waiting list for the training course. However, the visiting anaesthetists have asked us to show their theatre colleagues our strategy in order for them to understand and to smoothly transfer the Emersons Green pathway to their own hospitals.”

Traditionally patients arrive at a hospital early in the morning and wait, sometimes until late into the afternoon, before undergoing surgery. For some nervous patients this can prove distressing. “The Emersons Green way” sees people arriving for individual appointments close to their surgery time.

“This reduces anxiety levels amongst patients as well as being a great deal more convenient for them. Teamed with a fine tuned anaesthetic technique a patient can be ready to go home within two hours of arriving at the centre, feeling alert and confident as they have been able to talk to their surgeon after their surgery,” Dr La Malfa explained.

During the training sessions the healthcare professionals will meet patients before and after surgery as well as viewing what takes place in the theatre, following the patient journey throughout.

Dr La Malfa said: “During our fast track recovery training sessions, I explain the technique as we operate. This is an advanced technique and it is important that the anaesthetists understand the subtleties. I am delighted that Emersons Green Treatment Centre is able to lead the way nationally in a technique that really does improve the patient experience.”


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