Journal Club #6 – Monday 24th February 2020, 20:00-21:00 GMT.
Chair: Tom Abbott @_tomabbott
Tom is an ST3 anaesthetist and researcher in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine at Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia London; and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London. Read Tom's full biography.
Background to the discussion
Myocardial infarction (MI) occurs in 1 in 30 patients after non-cardiac surgery. This can lead to further morbidity and mortality. Historically beta-blockade around the time of surgery was thought to help prevent MI, but the results of clinical trials were conflicting. The POISE trial examined whether perioperative beta-blockade could prevent myocardial infarction or death in over 8000 patients from 190 hospitals in 23 countries.
Access the paper here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(08)60601-7/fulltext