GAT Launches Sprint audit – volunteers needed

The Sprint National Audit Project (SNAP-1), will require many trainees from all around the UK to get involved to ensure its success:

What is SNAP-1?

SNAP-1 will provide a ‘snapshot’ of clinical activity in hospitals throughout the UK over 2 days on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th May 2014. It will be a pragmatic evaluation of patient reported outcomes after anaesthesia; specifically patient satisfaction and patient reported awareness (in line with the recent NAP-5 project). The data collection will be managed predominantly by anaesthetic trainees under supervision by a local consultant, who it is anticipated will be the departmental Quality Audit and Research Coordinator (QuARC). The specific outcome measures used in SNAP-1 will be the Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire devised by Bauer et al and the Modified Brice Questionnaire that has been adapted from protocol for the BAG-RECALL clinical trial by Avidan et al.

The aims are firstly to establish a national benchmark for patient satisfaction after anaesthesia, which hospitals may then use in the future to evaluate the service that they are delivering to patients, and secondly, to establish an estimate of the incidence of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia in the UK population.

How can you get involved?

Many of you will be aware of the success of Hip Fracture Anaesthesia Snap Audit Project last year where trainees were crucial members of teams which collected data on over 11000 patients undergoing hip fracture surgery. SNAP-1 will be another important opportunity for trainees to be pivotal in the implementation of a national audit at a local level. For SNAP-1 it is envisaged that data collection will be managed predominantly by trainees under the supervision of the local QuARC. It is hoped that every UK hospital will participate and trainees will be vital to ensuring data capture is as complete as possible. The importance of trainees to this project is highlighted by the fact that as well as a National Consultant Lead (Dr Ramani Moonesinghe, NIAA Academic Trainee Co-ordinator) there is also a National Trainee Lead (Dr Eleanor Walker).

Every trainee registered and approved by the QuARC at a local site, who uploads data on to the database, will be named as a (pub-med citable) collaborator on all future publications that arise from SNAP-1.

What should you do now?

If you are interested in participating in this project then please email Maddy Humphrey at RCoA via the SNAP-1 website (http://niaa-hsrc.org.uk/SNAPs) ornap5@nap5.org and make contact with your local QuARC to express your interest.