Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rachael Coates,
Dr Anantha Madhavan,
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Introduction: Laparoscopic surgery combined with enhanced recovery programmes has become the gold standard in the elective management of colorectal disease. However, there is no consensus with regard to the optimal perioperative analgesic regime in this cohort of patients, with a number of options available, including thoracic epidural spinal analgesia, patient-controlled analgesia, subcutaneous and/or intraperitoneal local anaesthetics, local anaesthetic wound infiltration catheters and transversus abdominis plane blocks. This study aims to explore any differences in analgesic strategies employed across the North East of England and to assess whether any variation in practice has an impact on clinical outcomes.Methods and analysis: All North East Colorectal units will be recruited for participation by the Northern Surgical Trainees Research Association (NoSTRA). Data will be collected over a consecutive 2-month period. Outcome measures will include postoperative pain score, postoperative opioid analgesic use and side effects, length of stay, 30-day complication rates, 30-day reoperative rates and 30-day readmission rates.Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval for this study has been granted by the National Research Ethics Service. The protocol will be disseminated through NoSTRA. Individual unit data will be presented at local meetings. Overall collective data will be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at relevant surgical meetings.
Author(s): Burnell P, Coates R, Dixon S, Grant L, Grey M, Griffiths B, Jones M, Madhavan A, McCallum I, McClean R, Naru K, Newton L, O'Loughlin P, Shaban F, Sukha A, Somnath S, Shumon S, Harji D, Northern Surgical Trainees Res
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: BMJ Open
Print publication date: 01/09/2016
Online publication date: 06/09/2016
Acceptance date: 01/02/2016
ISSN (print): 2044-6055
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
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