Education and Training Webinar: EAGLE safe-anastomosis study

New webinar will look at the results from the recently completed EAGLE study

When is it?: Monday the 5th of June 2023 – 11:00 & 18:00 (GMT) – A 1hr webinar repeated twice during the day.

Who should attend?: Surgeons, surgical researchers, surgical nurses, scrub techs, ODPs and allied healthcare professionals

Hosted by: NIHR Global Health Research Unit        Hashtag:  #eagle2023

Anastomotic leak is a severe, potentially life-threatening complication following right colectomy. Internationally, anastomotic leak occurs after 8% of right colectomies. Prospective cohort data demonstrate that patient selection, intraoperative factors, and technical variation are risk factors for anastomotic leak. EAGLE was an international quality improvement programme to share best practice and harmonise procedures for surgeons and the theatre teams so that they might perform the best possible anastomosis for each particular patient. The study was carried out by 350+ hospitals across more than 60 countries.

This online webinar chaired by Prof. Dion Morton will provide all those working in surgical practice and research with an overview of the ground breaking global study EAGLE which is due to be published soon.

The main session will include three key presentations on (1) background and impact of anastomotic leak, (2) the design of the EAGLE study and (3) the headline results of the EAGLE study.

The format of the event includes a panel presentation of global experts discussing how the research was conducted, what the results showed, and the potential impact on surgical practice. There will be breakout sessions looking specifically at 2 key perspectives on the research (1) research methodology and results and (2) process evaluation. The webinar will conclude with a round table discussion of global experts discussing how these results can be implemented across the globe.

Register now to attend this ground breaking event

Register for the 11:00AM (UK BST) session using this form.

Or the 6:00PM (UK BST) session using this form.

You can also view Professor Dion Morton deliver a short promotional overview of the upcoming webinar by clicking here.

For instructions on how to use the Zoom meeting portal, desktop/ PC users click here for more information and iPhone/ Android users click here for further info.

Community Engagement and Involvement (CEI) Event in Walipur, Punjab Educates Locals on Wound Management

First educational session held by GSU India Hub for local villagers provided valuable insight into wound control

The event that took place on the 15th May in Walipur, Ayali Kalan, Punjab was part of the India Hub's rollout strategy in engaging rural networks across the country, using evidence generated from across the Unit's portfolio of international trials and studies that included patients from across India.

The audience consisted of predominantly patients and Community Health Workers (non-medically trained frontline health workers who are often the primary point of contact for patient care in India). The discussion focused on the management of a variety of wounds and how they can be treated within a domestic setting using basic tools.

The success of the event resulted in nearby village heads requesting the session to be delivered to their local populations, in addition to the creation a variety of take-home materials that the India Hub team are currently working on. The India team are also planning on providing a Cancer Engagement session next month that will look to take place as part of the team's CEI event rollout strategy for local populations across India.

You can view more information on CEI by clicking here.

You can also view the India Hub page by clicking here.

GECKO International Study Formally Launches

Global Evaluation of Cholecystectomy (GECKO) will look to define the global variation in compliance to pre-, intra-, and post-operative audit standards

Cholecystectomy is amongst the most common surgical operations performed worldwide yet there is still insufficient evidence around the variations of safe provision of laparoscopic surgery for gallbladder disease internationally, including low- and middle-income countries.

In addition to the primary aim of the study, GECKO will also look at the following:

  1. To determine the quality of safe provision of cholecystectomy, including the rates of: (i)
    achieving a critical view of safety; (ii) intraoperative imaging use (e.g., cholangiogram); and (iii) initiating of different bailout procedures (e.g., subtotal cholecystectomy) when safe
    cholecystectomy is compromised.
  2. To assess adverse events following cholecystectomy (e.g., bile duct injury) and their
  3. To analyse rates and outcomes of unsuspected gallbladder cancer.
  4. To evaluate the global variation in the availability of cholecystectomy services and training
    amongst included hospitals.
  5. To assess sustainable practices in laparoscopic cholecystectomy globally.

The study will span over 8 separate 2 week data collection periods starting 31st July, ending on the 19th November 2023.

You can view the study summary video by clicking here.

You can also view further information on the study by clicking here.