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Bariatric Issues in General Anaesthesia relating to Airway

BIGAA Results Paper

Aims of BIGAA

1. What proportion of elective surgery is carried out on overweight or obese patients?
2. Are anaesthetics being modified, and appropriate equipment made available, for obese patients?
3. Are modifications leading to a reduction in airway problems?

Why is it being done?

The background to this project stems from the NAP4 study which found obese patients are twice as likely to develop serious airway problems during a general anaesthetic than non-obese patients. Guidelines issued by the AAGBI and SOBAUK have 16 key recommendations for the preoperative management of the obese surgical patient. Currently its is not know whether the lessons from NAP4 and the subsequent guidelines have had any constructive impact. The project will involve an online survey (one per institution) and 2 days of observational data collection.

Study Documents:

 proforma BIGAA .pdf (209 KB)
 BIGAA Poster Advert.pdf (4.67 MB)
 BIGAA Poster Collection Week copy.pdf (4.72 MB)
 BIGAA Protocol v3.11 copy.pdf (1.37 MB)
 FAQ BIGAA copy.pdf (863 KB)

The BIGAA Team

Project Lead: Dr Rebecca Black

Dr Lauren Barraclough
Dr Michael Shaw
Dr James Waiting

In Collaboration with SOBA


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