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Surgery is an important treatment option for a wide range of conditions. In Australia,1 in 5 hospital admissions involved a surgical procedure, of which, 12.6% are emergency admissions. Activity is increasing annually by an average rate of 3%. Nationally, there are 13 emergency surgical admissions per 1,000 population and 86 elective surgical admissions per 1,000 population. There are approximately 10 million patients having procedures annually. As the population is changing, with more elderly and increased prevalence of comorbidities, disability, obesity and frailty, the number of patients at a higher risk from surgery is also increasing. With increasing demand and complexity of surgical procedures, come new challenges for Intensive Care services.
Perioperative medicine refers to the pre, intra, and postoperative periods of patient care. The goal of perioperative care is to optimal prepare, and provide better conditions for, patients intended for elective surgery. Typically, it involves multidisciplinary input and care.
Intensivists, with their training in intensive care, medicine, and anaesthesia have been, and will increasingly be asked to be involved, in the care of complex perioperative patients. The creation of a Special Interest Group would allow specialists with an interest in this field to come together and further the development of clinical practice in perioperative medicine.
Aims and Objectives
In 2013 the College approved the formation of its first special interest group the Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group.
The CICM Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group aims to:
Provide a forum for interested Intensivists and Trainees to meet at College events.
Facilitate exchange of ideas, knowledge and practice, develop audit projects and a library of educational resources, and promote research in perioperative medicine.
Collaborate with surgeons, anaesthetists, physicians and other clinical groups so as to further develop the field of perioperative medicine.
Promote Perioperative clinical practice and improve patient safety and outcomes.
Membership of the CICM Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group is open to all Fellows of the College and others by invitation.
Chair and Executive
The Chair of this special interest group is Associate Professor Arthas Flabouris. Co-chair is Dr Siva Senthuran.
For further information on joining the Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group, please contact the
Special Interest Group.
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