Introducing Team 1 of the Green Surgery Challenge

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We are pleased to introduce the team at Derriford Hospital, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust who will be joining the Green Surgery Challenge Judging and Awards Ceremony November 4th as one of the finalists.

The team was led by Mr Peter Labib, ST6 general surgery registrar and Dr Bryony Ford, Foundation Year 2 doctor; Ms Michelle Winfield, Senior Sister & Clinical Procurement Specialist; the project leads were supported by Mr Aditya Kanwar, Consultant Hepatobiliary Surgeon, Mr Grant Sanders, Consultant Oesophagograstric Surgeon, and Mr Walter Douie, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon. 

Laparoscopic appendicectomies are one of the most frequently performed procedures in their department (each year, around 500 appendicectomies are performed at Derriford Trust) and nationwide. Colleagues reported that they frequently opened disposable instruments during the procedure. 

The team have proposed a revised laparoscopic appendicectomy procedure set that included reusable replacements for the single-use items that are commonly used.  They found that the proposed updated appendicectomy set would significantly reduce both the carbon footprint and the financial cost of laparoscopic appendicectomies.  

The appendicectomy set will be changed once formal feedback on the new reusable ports is completed (informal feedback has been positive) and the team will repeat the audit to demonstrate if the changes have successfully reduced consumable use.  The social impact will be assessed by surveying the surgical team’s satisfaction with the replacement set. 

Learn more about their project, here

Join us at the free, online judging and awards ceremony to have an opportunity to hear valuable insights from the judging panel and find out more about each of the Green Surgery Challenge projects, including how much carbon was saved.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet the team to discuss their project in more depth, get top tips on how to carry out a similar project where you work and consider how this project could be spread and scaled nationally.  

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Stay tuned! Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing sneak previews of the other four teams joining the Green Surgery Challenge judging and awards ceremony and the innovative projects they devised & implemented.

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