EAGLE logoThe ESCP Safe-anastomosis Programme in Colorectal Surgery (EAGLE) is an international, cluster randomised-sequence study of a Safe-anastomosis Quality Improvement Intervention to reduce anastomotic leak following right colectomy and ileocaecal resection.

It is the latest and most ambitious of the global ‘snap shot studies’ that ESCP has run over the past five years. The study consists of interactive, online training modules for surgeons and theatre teams and will assess whether implementation of the ESCP Safe-anastomosis intervention reduces risk of anastomotic leak rate.

The study programme has three main approaches:

  • Preoperative risk stratification - making sure for each patient that anastomosis is safe for them
  • Harmonisation of surgical technique - making the best anastomosis possible and checking it carefully after it is created
  • Implementation of an intra-operative, anastomosis ‘checklist’ - focusing the attention of the whole theatre team at this critical stage of the operation.

Overall, we hope to reach out to more than 2,000 surgeons in over 300 hospitals across the world, including 4,500 patients in total.

The study will officially launch at ESCP 2019 in Vienna during the Ethicon Satellite Symposium in Parallel Hall F2 at 14:05 on Thursday 26th September.

You can find out more about EAGLE and how to get involved, online at https://is.gd/EAGLEsitesetup where you can access the Site Set-up Pathway which is now live. Over 60 hospitals from around the world have already registered their interest in participating in the study and there is a team of 22 coordinators ready to help support hospitals in setting up their sites for EAGLE.

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