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Scheduling extra operations limits the time for preparing for anaesthesia

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1036 (Published 12 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1036
  1. Emma Cannon, acute care common stem, core training year 2,
  2. Mark Davies, consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine
  1. Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK
  1. gasmark{at}mac.com

Has NHS Improvement considered that a prompt theatre start requires not only a patient and surgical team but also a well informed anaesthetist?1 All UK theatre lists now begin with a team “huddle,” in which all relevant aspects of the patients, their surgeries, their anaesthesia, and their theatre …

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