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13 December 2017

Papworth wins first prize at anaesthetist annual congress

A team from Papworth won first prize at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland's (AAGBI) Annual Congress for their original research on Extra Vascular Lung Water.

The research, led by Consultant Anaesthetists Dr Andrew Klein and Dr Nicola Jones, was shortlisted from 180 abstracts submitted to the Congress in Liverpool – the largest meeting of Anaesthetists in the UK, with over 1,000 delegates.

The Papworth team were awarded first prize for ‘Best Original Research Oral Presentation’ after being chosen ahead of eight other finalists who gave presentations on the day. The Papworth presentation was delivered by Critical Care Scientist Stefanie Curry.

Supported by Consultant Surgeon Mr David Jenkins, Cardiac and ICU Fellow Dr Vasileios Zochios, Clinical Trials Coordinator Melissa Earwaker, and Clinical Fellows in Anaesthetics Dr Gregoire Blaudszun and Angus Butchart, the research looks at the risk of perfusion lung injury in patients who have had pulmonary endarterectomy (PTE) surgery.

PTE patients are at a higher risk of developing a pulmonary oedema – excess fluid in the lungs – and the study aims to find a non-invasive way of getting an earlier indication of whether there is a reperfusion injury occurring.

Dr Klein said: “We studied a new monitor in patients undergoing pulmonary endarterectomy (PTE) surgery to see if we could predict the most common complication of this surgery, acute lung injury. This is the first study of its kind to validate this interesting technology as a predictor of lung injury.

“Potentially, this would allow us to target patients at increased risk of lung injury with specific treatments and monitor their response to treatment.”

Stefanie added: “It’s great to get the recognition everyone involved in the research deserves. The study requires a lot of data collection over different time points making it very labour intensive, but it has all been a fantastic team effort”.

The Papworth team started the research over a year ago and are still waiting for the final statistical analysis. Following this, the research will be published in the AAGBI’s Anaesthesia Journal – part of their first prize reward.