The next annual RAFT project will look at Intraoperative Hypotension in the Elderly (iHypE). Intraoperative hypotension frequently complicates anaesthesia and has been associated with multiple adverse outcomes, particularly in the elderly.
The aim of iHypE is to assess the incidence of intraoperative hypotension in the elderly, document associated outcomes, identify treatment thresholds and attitudes towards hypotension. This trainee-led project will also deliver a snapshot of UK anaesthetic practice which will complement emerging research on intraoperative hypotension to direct quality improvement strategies.
The project follows on from The Pan London Perioperative Audit and Research Network's QUINCE project which audited the quality of intraoperative cerebral protection in London and found significant rates of intraoperative hypotension.
iHypE was accepted by vote at the GAT ASM in June 2015. An ambitious project, RAFT hopes that it will be a great opportunity for trainees to collaborate nationally and share the experiences learned in the individual regions. The project has already generated much enthusiasm with suggestions from across RAFT and the HSRC. Twelve of the 15 trainee research networks, incorporating approximately 140 hospitals across the UK, have now confirmed they will recruit patients. Data will be collected in the spring/summer period of 2016. If you are interested in taking part, please contact your local trainee network, or if you don't have a network or would like further information please visit the iHype or RAFT websites.