Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello. I'm Dr. Abigail Whiteman. And I'm an anaesthetic consultant at UCLH and education lead for the UCL Perioperative Medicine master's programme. Hi. I'm Dr. Phil Sherrard. And I'm the perioperative education fellow in the perioperative medicine department, here at UCL. Every year, over 300 million surgical procedures are undertaken around the world. One in five surgical patients will suffer a major complication, which can result in poor patient outcomes, prolonged length of hospital stay, a potentially permanent reduction in quality of life, and possibly death.
Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds There is a subgroup of people, including those with chronic medical conditions or the frail elderly, who suffer complications disproportionately when seeking their surgical cure, they make up just 13% of the surgical population, yet account for 80% of all perioperative deaths. We know many of these complications and deaths are avoidable. Perioperative medicine is the practise of multidisciplinary and integrated medical care that aims to optimise the care of a high-risk surgical patient by providing a clearer pathway of care, from the moment the patient is considered for surgery until they are fully recovered.
Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds Perioperative medicine is being championed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and supported by the other medical and nursing colleges, patient bodies, and the NHS to help provide a safer and more cost-effective perioperative journey. For this course, we have assembled an exciting, internationally recognised faculty from over 20 world-renowned institutions to help you understand your role in the perioperative pathway and discover how you can begin to improve care for your patients. This MOOC is offered free and is designed for anyone interested in finding out more about perioperative medicine. It's for all health care professionals-- anaesthetists, surgeons, geriatricians, preassessment nurses, ward nurses, physicians, theatre staff, general practitioners, and medical managers.
Skip to 2 minutes and 13 seconds So please do sign up today for this free four-week course all about perioperative medicine in action, and become part of the solution for tomorrow.