Medical Patient Isolating

NIHR-funded study shows patients who isolate before surgery are 20% more likely to develop postoperative lung complications

NIHR-funded study shows patients who isolate before surgery are 20% more likely to develop postoperative lung complications

The COVID-19 pandemic has required patients across the globe to isolate prior to surgery to minimise exposure to SARS-CoV-2 infection and its complications.

A new global study from the COVIDSurg collaborative has shown a clear link between isolation of such groups and increased risk of developing post-operative lung complications, compared with patients who do not isolate.

The research team said that the results of the study go against current guidance in common use which mandates isolation before surgery.

The paper can be viewed here.


Global Surgery Lung Infections

Urgent changes needed to global guidelines designed to stop surgical site infection

Wound infections are the most common problem after surgery, with this issue being particularly prevalent in developing countries.

New innovations have promised to tackle this issue, but the release of findings from a new study from the FALCON collaborative demonstrate a clear need to change current guidelines.

Carried out in Benin, Ghana, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa, the FALCON trial found that using more expensive interventions to prevent Surgical Site Infection (SSI) were no better than cheaper alternatives.

The full paper can be viewed here.