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Trainee Prize Evening - 26th February (Wed, 15 Jan 2020)

Our annual Trainee Prize Evening is coming up, whihc this year is being held on Wednesday 26th February at 6pm (BWH). A great opportunity to boost your CV and catch up with other trainees from around the region.

The deadline for submission is the 7th February

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Period of Grace - Changes are coming! (Thu, 7 Mar 2019)

There is going to be a change regarding the period of grace after your CCT. This change is coming from HEEWM and you should be receiving information/guidance from HEEWM soon. The change will be from August 2019 so will affect trainees with a CCT date from August 2019...

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Recent BJA Publications

Machine learning methods to improve bedside fluid responsiveness prediction in severe sepsis or septic shock: an observational study
Passive leg raising (PLR) predicts fluid responsiveness in critical illness, although restrictions in mobilising patients often preclude this haemodynamic challenge being used. We investigated whether machine learning applied on transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) data might be used as a tool for predicting fluid responsiveness in critically ill patients.
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Population pharmacokinetics of ropivacaine used for local infiltration anaesthesia during primary total unilateral and simultaneous bilateral knee arthroplasty
Ropivacaine is commonly used in local infiltration anaesthesia (LIA) as pain management after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Although considered safe, no studies evaluated the pharmacokinetics of high-dose ropivacaine infiltration in simultaneous bilateral TKA.
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Fresh gas flow during total intravenous anaesthesia and marginal gains in sustainable healthcare. Comment on Br J Anaesth 2020; 125: 773-8
Editor—The British cycling team won eight gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. This success, it has been suggested, was attributable, in part, to the philosophy of ‘the aggregation of marginal gains’: small improvements every day, everywhere and anywhere, that have a compound effect. This concept has gained traction in clinical anaesthesia and perioperative medicine; we believe that it should likewise be applied in sustainable healthcare.1
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