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RECON (2018-2019)

Post-operative pulmonary complications (PPCs) are a common complication of major abdominal surgery and associated with increased morbidity, mortality and length of hospital stay. Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA) and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) guidelines provide pre-, intra- and post-operative measures to reduce risk of PPCs.

This study aims to: Explore the incidence of PPCs following major abdominal and incisional hernia surgery.

Secondary: (1) Evaluate adherence to perioperative measure to reduce risk of PPCs; (2) establish risk
factors for development of PPCs.

OAKS-2 (2016-17)

The Outcomes After Kidney injury in Surgery (OAKS) study aims to quantify the incidence of AKI in patients undergoing major gastrointestinal and liver surgery and define the morbidity and mortality associated with this. There were 170 centres within the UK and Ireland that participated in OAKS 1, with the data upload period having closed in February 2016. OAKS 2 is a follow up study of all patients included in OAKS 1.

OAKS-I (2015-16)

The Outcomes After Kidney injury in Surgery (OAKS) study aims to quantify the incidence of AKI in patients undergoing major gastrointestinal and liver surgery and define the morbidity and mortality associated with this. There were 170 centres within the UK and Ireland that participated in OAKS-I, with the data upload period having closed in February 2016. Further details will be released soon, and the intervention is currently being developed for the re-audit (OAKS-II) which will take place in 2017.

DISCOVER (2014-2015)

Determining Surgical Complications in the OVERweight (DISCOVER) saw expansion to include medical students in the Republic of Ireland. The numbers say it all – the size of our group this year expanded more than four-fold, with 1200 medical students and junior doctors contributing data for 8893 patients from over 140 hospitals. This study aimed to determine whether obesity is associated with increased postoperative complications following general surgery.

STARSurg 1 (2013-2014)

The STARSurg network has previously delivered the world's first student-led multicentre study. Over 250 medical students and 100 junior doctors participated across 109 hospital centres to collect data on over 1500 patients undergoing gastrointestinal resection to investigate non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as risk factors for postoperative adverse events.