We open this eighth edition of the newsletter with the exciting news about our most recent publications which include the first paper from the GlobalSurg-CovidSurg study week. The paper looks at timing of surgery following SARS-CoV-2 infection and is available online today in the Anaesthesia journal. Another CovidSurg paper that considers the potential benefit of vaccination for surgical patients has been accepted for publication in BJS and the GS3 findings have been published in The Lancet. Please see further details on these publications below, alongside news on developments in our Education and Training work programme, updates on the Unit’s trials and studies, the success of a particular team member in winning the 2021 Royal College of Surgeons/Rosetrees essay prize, and a range of upcoming events. 
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The first paper from the GlobalSurg-CovidSurg study week – “Timing of surgery following SARS-CoV-2 infection: an international prospective cohort study” – has been published today in the Anaesthesia journal and is available at https://associationofanaesthetists-publications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anae.15458 (no login required).

Congratulations to everyone who has contributed this high-quality paper which will inform better care for patients globally. The study is the largest ever prospective international surgical study (>140,000 patients, 1,674 hospitals, 116 countries) and also the largest ever scientific collaboration (>15,000 authors). Thank you to all who contributed.

Please share the PDF link with friends and colleagues and also share the link on social media.

Watch this a space for further details on the upcoming CovidSurg publication exploring the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination for surgical patients.  

GlobalSurg3 findings in The Lancet

The GlobalSurg3 Lancet publication – Global variation in postoperative mortality and complications after cancer surgery: a multicentre, prospective cohort study in 82 countries – is available for download at https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00001-5/fulltext

If you missed the live GS3 results webinar, you can catch up via the recording at https://youtu.be/IF9zzsnOIhY

You can also explore the GlobalSurg 3 dataset using the new interactive data explorer app cancer.globalsurg.org

Read the CovidSurg contribution to Cutting Edge – the surgical blog from BJS which considers the future of COVID secure elective surgery https://cuttingedgeblog.com/2021/02/09/guest-post-covid-secure-surgery/


GSU Education and Training programme  

It is with great pleasure that we announce the reinvigoration of the GSU Education and Training Committee. The remit of this committee will be to establish and provide direction the Unit’s expanded Education and Training strategy, driving forward our training Programmes and Centres over the coming years.  New members are expected to join the committee as it is re-established.   

The following activity has so far taken place:

  • Data analysis training delivered through the Data Centre in Ghana (January 2021) 
  • Two training sessions on ‘Spokes Management, Monitoring, and Auditing’  (February 2021). In keeping with our vision of transferring ownership and ensuring sustainability, this training was co-designed with, and delivered by, managers from our India and Nigeria hubs.