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Teaching and training in the day unit 

Teaching and training in the day unit
Teaching and training in the day unit

Mary E. Stocker

, Liam Horgan

, and John Moir

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date: 22 September 2018

Introduction 390

Training anaesthetists 392

Training surgeons 396

Training nurses 400

Training medical students 401

In the UK, the NHS Plan sets a target of 75% of all elective surgery to be carried out as day cases. Similar levels have already been achieved, or exceeded, in North America, while many other countries are seeing a rapid increase in day surgery. It is widely recognized that to achieve high rates of day surgery and maintain high-quality outcomes for patients, day surgery needs to be driven by experienced and enthusiastic clinicians with expertise in day surgical techniques. It might be expected that day surgery would therefore be an essential component of training programmes for surgeons, anaesthetists, and surgical nursing staff. Sadly, however, formal day surgery training programmes for anaesthetic and surgical trainees or nurses are still rare, at least in the UK....

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