Lion’s Den Result

The fantastic microstudy presentations from yesterday culminated this morning with the results.

The exceptionally high standard of all the studies made the judging challenging.

In Oscars-style, Antonio and Jean-Leon announced the winners.

Mela from the Philippines with her innovative stoma study came first.

Rachel from South Africa with her burns study was second.

A three way tie for third, saw Wale (laparoscopy and surgical site infection), Ahmad (periop pain), and Vanessa (Malawi)/JC (Rwanda)(WHO checklist) all widely supported.

All other studies still have the opportunity for future support.

Guideline voting

Online voting was used as new innovative approach to engaging surgeons across the world. Existing guidelines in wound infection were voted on to identify the most feasible measures to reduce surgical site infection in resource poor settings.

Tom Pinkney led the session with a cool head. The session led to clear and feasible recommendations which will be developed into essential guidelines. A new frontier for GlobalSurg!

Trials forum

These exciting sessions discussed a number of up and coming trials.

FALCON is our RCT to reduce surgical site infection. It continues to make excellent progress and will start recruiting shortly.

CRANE is an innovative perioperative trial of a nutritional intervention for patients undergoing cancer surgery. Sorrel Burden presented the feasibility study which will run in Ghana, Pakistan, Philippines, Zambia and beyond. We are delighted that this has received support with a MRC GCRF award.