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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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A comparative prospective cohort study comparing physical exam to ultrasound for identifying the cricoid cartilage (PDF 888 Kb)

Published- Sep 2017. Author - P Williams and A Umranikar.

Applying cricoid pressure is a common practice when intubating patients thought to be at risk of pulmonary aspiration. Recently, the perceived benefits of applying cricoid pressure have been questioned. Prior research has shown that cricoid pressure is applied incorrectly and that palpation of adjacent anatomy of the cricothyroid membrane is also inaccurate. We compared physical palpation to ultrasound for identifying the location of the cricoid cartilage using a total of 50 assessments. The median distance to target was 10 mm. We concluded that palpation is an inaccurate method to locate the cricoid cartilage in the studied population.

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A critical analysis of the perioperative management of patients with Ehlers Danlos type IV (vascular) syndrome (PDF 263 Kb)

Published- Sep 2017. Author - J Martin.

This paper discusses the perioperative care needs of patients with Ehlers Danlos type IV (vascular) syndrome. Ehlers Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a heritable group of connective tissue disorders characterised by varying degrees of tissue, blood vessel and internal organ fragility as well as skin and joint hypermobility (De Paepe & Malfait 2012).

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Adaptation of a tool to assess non-technical skills of scrub practitioners in Denmark (PDF 309 Kb)

Published- Sep 2017. Author - AS Mundt, L Spanager, HT Lyk-Jensen, D Østergaard.

The aim of this study was to adapt the Scottish tool, Scrub Practitioners’ List of Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills, to Danish organisation and culture. With an explorative and qualitative approach, four group interviews with scrub practitioners, surgeons and anaesthesia staff were conducted. The main differences found were related to communication and teamwork regarding scrub practitioners’ focus on the team and speaking up. Differences in the non-technical skills described in the behavioural markers are perhaps explained by cultural differences between Scotland and Denmark. A new tool for scrub practitioners in Denmark was adapted.

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Book Reviews September 2017 (PDF 800 Kb)

Published- Sep 2017.

Book reviews:
Ethics and Nursing Practice, 2nd Edition by Ruth Chadwick & Ann Gallagher. Review by Daniel Rodger
Global Health Nursing in the 21st Century, S Breakey, IB Coreless, NL Meedzan & PK Nicholas (editors). Review by Amanda Parker

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Cochrane Review: Nitrous oxide-based techniques versus nitrous oxide-free techniques for general anaesthesia (PDF 263 Kb)

Published- Sep 2017.

This review shall inform nurses in perioperative care and on wards to better understand the patient effects of nitrous oxide use and better inform the care delivered to these patients.

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