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RESPOND is a five-year research programme that aims to use Human Factors techniques (in particular Safety II) to improve rescue for emergency surgery patients who develop complications or deteriorate under surgical care. It is focused on emergency laparotomy and acute abdominal conditions.

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Patient safety research studies how best to improve healthcare systems to minimise harm and improve outcomes for patients. Emergency abdominal surgery is an area where there is scope to reduce avoidable harm. Research on serious complications after major surgery shows that the chances of survival depend on how quickly and how well clinical teams react. We plan to analyse how surgical teams currently manage deteriorating patients, and help them create, develop and test better response systems. If we are successful, patients with complications will be treated faster and better, which will save lives and reduce time in hospital.

ABOUT the Programme

Safety II/Resilience Engineering

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