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Experts in Dubai finalise surgical guidelines that will save thousands of lives

University of Birmingham research experts gathered medical professionals from around the world in Dubai to finalise international surgical guidelines that will help to save thousands of lives in Low- and Middle-income Countries (LMIC) countries.

The National Institute for Health Research Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery (NIHR GHRU) gathered experts to finalise International Guidelines on Surgical Site Infection – essential guidance that will help standardise and improve practice in surgery.

In LMICs, 9 out of 10 people lack access to even the most basic surgical services; six million will die each year within 30 days of an operation and failure to improve surgical care will cost the world economy $12.3 trillion in lost GDP by 2030.

The guidelines are designed to produce clear evidence-based recommendations that can be applied across a range of surgical settings covering pre-operative preparation and in-theatre interventions to reduce the risk of surgical site infection. The guidance will be published later this year in a leading medical research journal.

Professor Dion Morton, Barling Chair of Surgery at the University’s Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, and Co-director of the NIHR GHRU, commented: “There is a critical need to improve worldwide surgical care, through growing capacity, quality and innovation we can transform patient lives.

“High-quality research and training are crucial to building sustainable surgical infrastructure and improving care in LMICs. Our aim is to improve surgical outcomes through collaborative research and training in these countries.

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