Prioritising surgical demand during COVID-19

  • 31 January 2023
Prioritising which patients should undergo surgery when demand exceeded capacity was incredibly challenging for surgeons during the pandemic, a study part-funded by the Bristol BRC has found. During the CONSIDER-19 study, researchers interviewed healthcare professionals to investigate their experiences of prioritising patients for surgery, while the national…

Researchers explore using patient-taken images to assess wounds after surgery

  • 27 January 2023
Bristol BRC researchers have developed and tested a method for patients to take and submit wound images after surgery so they can be assessed remotely for wound infection. Patients were able to successfully produce high-quality images after the study team provided them with instructions on how to…

Eliminating ‘innovation’?

  • 16 November 2022
Words matter. Different words convey different kinds of meaning. Meaning can vary, depending on context, and so our choice of words matters. For example, you would not describe a person as lazy simply because they were dozing on a chair. The word ‘lazy’ implies a judgement. In choosing to call…

How medical photography can lead you to research

  • 15 November 2022
Anni King has been a Senior Research Associate in Medical Imaging at the Bristol Centre for Surgical Research since 2017. She began her career as a medical photographer. Here she reflects on how her background in medical imaging ultimately led her to a career in research and how her role…

Patients may benefit from personalised follow-up after knee replacement surgery

  • 12 October 2022
People struggling with ongoing pain after knee replacement surgery might benefit from personalised follow-up. Researchers supported by the Bristol BRC and a Programme Grant from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) conducted a five-year project to see if a more personalised follow-up approach could…

Could digital methods be used to improve shared learning in surgical innovation?

  • 4 October 2022
Researchers working within the Surgical Innovation theme at the Bristol BRC are carrying out a scoping review into how state-of-the-art digital methods are used to share learning and improve transparency in their field. During the review they will assess currently available research on this topic. They will explore how this…

No difference between spinal versus general anaesthesia in patients having hip fracture surgery, finds study

  • 29 September 2022
There are no differences in the safety or effectiveness of the two most common types of anaesthetic (spinal versus general anaesthesia) in patients undergoing hip fracture surgery, according to the findings of a new study led by the University of Bristol in collaboration with University of Warwick researchers. The findings,…

Total knee replacement surgery should not depend solely on body mass index

  • 8 September 2022
Researchers suggest that access to total knee replacements should not be limited solely because of a patient’s body mass index (BMI). A study supported by the Bristol BRC found patients with high BMIs were not significantly more at risk of worse outcomes than those with normal or…

Adverse events terminology covered by library of quality-of-life questionnaires

  • 8 September 2022
Significant overlap exists between questions listed in the Item Library of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) for clinical trials, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.