Hospital study looks at surgery problems

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Hundreds of hospital patients from across South Yorkshire have taken part in a study into why some patients develop more complications following operations than others.

More than 300 people undergoing elective surgery at hospitals in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster signed up to the International Surgical Outcomes Study, which aims to recruit 50,000 patients worldwide.

The 30-day project involved participants agreeing to let researchers collect data about surgical procedures, if they had any pre-existing health conditions and whether their operation was minor or major.

A team of nurses worked across the hospital sites to recruit patients.

Dr Caroline Pickstone, chief operating officer for the National Institute for Health Research’s Yorkshire network, which led the study, said: “Building up an accurate data of why some patients suffer from post-operative complications after elective surgery is important in terms of helping the NHS to deliver improved healthcare services.

“Setting up and delivering research studies is a complex and rigorous process, involving many steps, so I’m delighted such a large number of patients took part in this study in such a short space of time.”