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UK experts join Indian medics to counter surgical infection threat

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Experts from the University of have tied up with medical professionals in to set up an innovative research centre that will help improve care for surgical patients.

A team from the university's joint research team, involving the for Research Global Research Unit on Global (NIHR), travelled to recently to launch the first-ever surgical research hub in at and Hospital (CMC) in and deliver a training workshop.

"Each year, 4.2 million people die within 30 days of an operation, half of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries such as (SSI) is the most common surgical complication and this workshop represents an important step forward in reducing SSI in India and other countries," said NIHR's Clinical Research Fellow Dr

"SSI can have a catastrophic impact on patients in India, driving many people into poverty as they struggle to work and pay bills. Reducing SSI has huge benefits as patients suffer less and save money, whilst being able to return to work or school faster," he said.

As part of the global initiative, patients would also need fewer and shorter courses of antibiotics, helping to reduce global antimicrobial resistance as well as for hospitals reducing costs by discharging patients earlier and preventing re-admissions.

Dr Nepogodiev co-led the with Dr Sohini Chakrabortee, along with surgeons from India Dr (CMC Ludhiana) and Dr (CMC Vellore).

Hub Lead Dr Ghosh added: "There is a critical need to improve across India and beyond in order to improve patient care and reduce the devastating impact of a lack of surgical care.

"We are delighted to link with our partners at the University of in this latest stage of a global research initiative that has the potential to save many thousands of lives in India."

Among the first studies to be launched by the joint India-UK team is a surgical trial to look at interventions to reduce the impact of The team will also evaluate access to for patients requiring

A two-day training workshop marked a key stage in establishing the part of a major health research to help develop surgical research that will have the potential to improve the quality of

Launched with partners from low- and middle-income countries and the Universities of and Warwick, the aims to establish hubs and/or trial centres in India and other partner countries that will perform their own clinical research relevant to local populations, whilst serving global needs.

The unit is based at the University of and co-directed by Dion Morton, Barling Chair of Surgery at the and Genomic Sciences, and Peter Brocklehurst, of the

Partners in the unit have also formed a Policy and Implementation Consortium to work with professional associations, NGOs and government organisations across the world, including the (WHO).

This consortium will use the results from the research generated by the unit as a tool to inform changes in clinical practice and provide evidence to drive policy changes across the globe.

The NIHR, established by the UK government's Department of Health, had awarded 7 million pounds to the Birmingham, and universities to set up the NIHR on Global Surgery at the a few years ago.

Over a period of four years, until March 2021, the NIHR on Global Surgery will establish sustainable international research hubs across a range of low- and middle-income countries, including India.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 18:55 IST