7th Annual Oxford Neurosurgical Conference
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I was lucky enough yesterday to attend the 7th annual Oxford neurosurgical conference at Wadham College hosted by Serjeant's Inn Chambers. It was a very informative day with a number of eminent speakers.
Whilst it is always interesting to attend legal updates, as a nurse working in law it is always refreshing and professionally stimulating to attend study days with a strong emphasis on the medical content. This year's conference was particularly enlightening with speakers including neonatologist Dr Kevin Ives, microbiologist Dr James Stone, oncologist Professor Karol Sikora and neurologist Professor Peter Rothwell.
Each of the lectures was extremely useful and relevant to our work at BL Claims and covered themes such as birth injuries and the management of the premature neonate, the importance of the timing of identifying and managing sepsis and the consequences of delays in diagnosing cancer.
Of particular interest was Professor Rothwell who spoke about his research into the effects of aspirin in the prevention of recurrent stroke after transient ischaemic attack (TIA/ 'mini stroke') or minor stroke. The risk of recurrent stroke is 10% in the week following a TIA or minor stroke and aspirin, an anti-platelet drug, if taken as soon as possible after TIA or minor stroke, is now believed to significantly reduce this risk. Following a large meta-analysis of studies looking at the effects of aspirin in stroke, Professor Rothwell and his team concluded that the considerable early benefit from aspirin warrants public education about self-administration after possible TIA. He went so far as to suggest, if individuals suffer from transient neurological symptoms, that they should be advised to take 300 mg aspirin themselves before seeking medical attention. You can read more about Professor Rothwell's research here: www.thelancet.com Vol 388 July 23 2016.
It was a very enjoyable day and the beautiful setting of Wadham college and lunch in the 'Great Hall' definitely added to the overall atmosphere of the day. I look forward to the 8th annual conference!
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