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Welcome to our online searchable database of the Journal of Perioperative Practice (JPP) articles (1998 - present).

JPP is the official journal of the AfPP. It promotes perioperative practice through publishing literature reviews, research-based articles, topical discussions, advice on clinical issues, current news items and product information. The journal also encourages a sense of community among perioperative practitioners by providing a forum for debate.  Members and non-members can use our search facility. You can search by the article's title, a subject keyword or by author.

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How noisy are total knee and hip replacements? (PDF 420 Kb)

Published- Dec 2017. Author - JP Simpson and AJ Hamer.

Orthopaedic theatre can be noisy. Fifty percent of orthopaedic theatre staff have features of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). In this study, decibel (dB) levels were recorded in 17 total knee replacements (TKRs) and 11 total hip replacements (THRs). Noise levels reached 105.6dB(A) using a hammer and 97.9dB(A) with an oscillating saw. Exposure to levels above 90dB (which occurred in every case) even for short time periods is proven to cause irreversible loss of hearing. Tools used in orthopaedic theatre produce impulse noises that can cause NIHL. Further investigation is required.

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Letter to Editor December 2017 (PDF 185 Kb)

Published- Dec 2017.

Letter to Editor December 2017.

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Ready for inspection, sir! (PDF 326 Kb)

Published- Dec 2017. Author - A Jones.

President's message December 2017.

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The role of elastomeric pumps in postoperative analgesia in orthopaedics and factors affecting their flow rate (PDF 552 Kb)

Published- Dec 2017. Author - AA Theodorides.

Elastomeric pumps are mechanical devices composed of an elastomeric balloon reservoir into which the drug to be infused is stored, a protective casing (used by some manufacturers), a flow controller and a wound catheter. In orthopaedics they are used to provide continuous local
infiltration analgesia. In this way patients rely less on other routes of analgesia and thus avoid their systemic side effects. The purpose of this manuscript is to set out the role that elastomeric pumps have on postoperative analgesia following hip and knee arthroplasty.

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Corneal abrasion following anaesthesia for non-ocular surgical procedures: A case-controlled study (PDF 414 Kb)

Published- Nov 2017. Author - AL Carniciu, MJ Fazzari, P Tabibian, P Batta, RC Gentile, JH Grendell, CE Brathwaite and N Barzideh.

The aim of this study was to identify risk factors associated with perioperative corneal abrasion (CA) at a single hospital in Mineola, New York (USA). A chart review was conducted of patients with perioperative CA following non-ocular surgery and age-matched controls between June 2011 and November 2013. Gender, diabetes status, surgical procedure or position were not found to be associated with the occurrence of a CA. Corneal abrasions were associated with longer procedures and history of pre-existing ocular disease. No significant association between body positioning or surgical site and perioperative CA was found. The study concludes that a longer duration of surgical procedure and pre-existing ocular disease are risk factors for perioperative CA.

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