C-sec­tions in UK to be per­formed by health­care as­sis­tants, re­port pre­dicts

Iran Daily - - Health -

The rise in robotic surgery could see Cae­sarean sec­tions per­formed by health­care as­sis­tants rather than sur­geons in ¿ve years time, med­i­cal lead­ers have said.

A re­port by the Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons pre­dicts that health­care as­sis­tants, who sit be­low nurses in the clin­i­cal peck­ing or­der, will be re­spon­si­ble for car­ry­ing out key parts of the ma­jor pro­ce­dure un­der­gone by roughly one in four moth­ers, tele­graph.co.uk wrote.

Spe­cial­ist ob­ste­tri­cians and sur­geons will re­main in charge, although they will not nec­es­sar­ily be present in the op­er­at­ing the­atre all the time.

The Fu­ture of Surgery re­port – the prod­uct of three years’ re­search – ar­gued that ad­vances in big data and robotic surgery means ma­chines will be able to stan­dard­ize an ideal method of per­form­ing C-sec­tions that can be eas­ily taught to health­care as­sis­tants.

Such work­ers al­ready per­form tasks such as stitch­ing up wounds in A&E, and they may soon be al­lowed to per­form in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions such as en­do­scopies.

“These are highly skilled pro­fes­sion­als who are very ca­pa­ble of tak­ing on some of these tech­niques,” said Richard Kerr, a neu­ro­sur­geon who led the Royal Col­lege com­mis­sion.

He added: “You could have med­i­cal sur­geons, doc­tors sur­geons, over­see­ing med­i­cal pro­ce­dures but hands off.”

But the idea has prompted crit­i­cism from some pa­tient groups.

Joyce Rob­bins, from Pa­tient Con­cern, said: “This de­vel­op­ment is most alarm­ing and ¿lls me with hor­ror.

“I want to be sure when I go into hospi­tal for an oper­a­tion that I will be treated by a fully quali¿ed sur­geon.”

The re­port also pre­dicted that im­prove­ments in ge­nomic un­der­stand­ing will re­duce the num­ber of can­cer pa­tients re­quir­ing se­ri­ous oper­a­tions such as a mas­tec­tomy, and that when they are per­formed these pro­ce­dures will be less in­va­sive be­cause due to in­no­va­tions such as “mi­cro-ro­bots” work­ing on in­di­vid­ual cells.

Matt Han­cock, Health and So­cial Care Sec­re­tary, said: “Tech­nol­ogy has the po­ten­tial to rev­o­lu­tion­ize the Na­tional Health Ser­vice (NHS) by equip­ping staff with life-sav­ing tools, pre­vent­ing dis­eases be­fore they de­velop and em­pow­er­ing pa­tients to take greater con­trol of their own health.”

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