Caoimhe Walsh, Surgical Registrar
A Pelican supported research study COALS, was presented at the Upper Gastrointestinal Congress in Belfast in October 2021 by Ms Walsh, who won the UGI Congress Oral Presentation Prize for the best presentation in the Liver Free Paper Session.
Ms Walsh was delighted to go on to present the work further afield at the 15th IHPBA World Congress 2022. This conference was organised by the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and was held in New York, USA, between 30 March – 2 April 2022.
COALS was investigating coagulation in liver surgery. Its specific focus was to understand the changes in coagulation (blood clotting) that occur before, during and immediately after liver surgery for colorectal metastases (secondary bowel cancer). Blood loss is a major risk when operating on the liver so understanding how to reduce that risk is vital to improving patients’ survival and recovery from this type of surgery.
Presenting the studies significant findings on an international scale, is hoped to add weight to the growing field of evidence supporting a global change in practice amongst liver surgeons to improve patient outcomes.
Huge congratulations to everyone involved in this study.