Monthly media digest: December 2020

A digest of college news coverage from December 2020

The year in health: push to clear backlog in surgery, screening

Fellow Professor Paul Myles was interviewed for an article in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald on 17 December about the effects of the pandemic in response to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report.

Professor Myles, director of anaesthesia and perioperative medicine at The Alfred hospital, said ear, nose and throat procedures blew-out because there was a higher risk of COVID-19 complications. 

The Monash University Professor led a national taskforce screening surgery patients for coronavirus  to determine if it was safe to recommence surgeries in Australia. More than 3000 Australians were
screened in June and July before their surgeries with only three testing positive to the virus.  

Rare emergency procedure performed by NZ hospital team 

Auckland anaesthetist Dr Jack Hill featured in a New Zealand Herald article on 14 December about the successful use of a rare emergency procedure to save the life of a pregnant mother and baby.

Nearly 20 Auckland DHB staff had less than five minutes to prepare and complete an emergency surgical cricothyrotomy.

Dr Hills says "as an anaesthetist, you train for it but you never think you will actually have to do it. It was an absolute last resort and no one knew if it would work," he said.

Last updated 11:03 10.02.2021