Attitudes of surgeons to the use of postoperative markers of the systemic inflammatory response following elective surgery

Dolan, R. D. , McSorley, S. T. , McMillan, D. C. and Horgan, P. G. (2017) Attitudes of surgeons to the use of postoperative markers of the systemic inflammatory response following elective surgery. Annals of Medicine and Surgery, 21, pp. 14-19. (doi: 10.1016/j.amsu.2017.07.046) (PMID:28761641) (PMCID:PMC5524306)

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Abstract

Background: Cancer is responsible for 7.6 million deaths worldwide and surgery is the primary modality of a curative outcome. Postoperative care is of considerable importance and it is against this backdrop that a questionnaire based study assessing the attitudes of surgeons to monitoring postoperative systemic inflammation was carried out. Method: A Web based survey including 10 questions on the “attitudes of surgeons to the use of postoperative markers of the systemic inflammatory response following elective surgery” was distributed via email. Two cohorts were approached to participate in the survey. Cohort 1 consisted of 1092 surgeons on the “Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI)” membership list. Cohort 2 consisted of 270 surgeons who had published in this field in the past as identified by two recent reviews. A reminder email was sent out 21 days after the initial email in both cases and the survey was closed after 42 days in both cases. Result: In total 29 surgeons (2.7%) from cohort 1 and 40 surgeons (14.8%) from cohort 2 responded to the survey. The majority of responders were from Europe (77%), were colorectal specialists (64%) and were consultants (84%) and worked in teaching hospitals (54%) and used minimally invasive techniques (87%). The majority of responders measured CRP routinely in the post-operative period (85%) and used CRP to guide their decision making (91%) and believed that CRP monitoring should be incorporated into postoperative guidelines (81%). Conclusion: Although there was a limited response the majority of surgeons surveyed measure the systemic inflammatory response following elective surgery and use CRP measurements together with clinical findings to guide postoperative care. The present results provide a baseline against which future surveys can be compared.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Horgan, Professor Paul and McMillan, Professor Donald and McSorley, Dr Stephen and Dolan, Dr Ross
Authors: Dolan, R. D., McSorley, S. T., McMillan, D. C., and Horgan, P. G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2049-0801
Published Online:20 July 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Annals of Medicine and Surgery 21: 14-19
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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