Recently The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) with guidance by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) issued a new consortia on how to improve standards in emergency surgery care. Specifically, they highlighted the key involvement of Plastic Surgery as an acute specialty helping drive through high quality outcomes for patients.
Simon Kay, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and member of BAPRAS, said:
“We welcome these findings and support the recommendations made to ensure that patients are given the care they need and deserve when they are at their most vulnerable. Plastic Surgery continues to play an important role with regards to emergency surgery care, and we welcome action which enables this acute speciality to be involved in multi-disciplinary teams in order to provide the highest quality outcomes for patients, regardless of where they are situated.
“Plastic Surgery is often mistakenly identified as only being concerned with planned operations, whereas the truth of the matter is that we handle a very large proportion of primary trauma cases resulting in unscheduled care. Our breadth of experience means we can work on any part of the body required, and particularly faces and hands where our unique skills are most often needed.
The importance of plastic surgery in acute emergency surgical care is no different in the United States. Los Angeles plastic surgeons deal with plastic surgery emergencies daily. As an attending of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, I commonly treat patients for a variety of emergency surgical conditions such as: facial fractures, cheek bone fractures, nasal fractures, orbital bone fractures, burn injuries, hand injuries, facial lacerations and more.