Perioperative Analgesic Strategies in Elective Colorectal Surgery - The LapCoGesic Study

The inaugural project by NoSTRA is the Perioperative Analgesia Strategies in Elective Colorectal Surgery - The LapCoGesic Study. This is a prospective, observational study of consecutive patients undergoing elective laparoscopic colorectal surgery over a 30-day period.

The aim of the projects is to explore differences in analgesic strategies employed across the North East region in patients undergoing elective laparoscopic colorectal surgery and to assess whether variation in practice has an impact on clinical outcomes.

LapCoGesic is a multi centre study will be carried out in 13 centres within the North of England. These are:
Royal Victoria Infirmary
  • Freeman Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • North Tyneside General Hospital
  • South Tyneside General Hospital
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital
  • Wansbeck General Hospital
  • University Hospital of North Durham
  • North Tees University Hospital
  • Darlington Memorial Hospital
  • Cumberland Infirmary
  • James Cook University Hospital
  • Friarage Hospital

Recruitment into the study begins on the 5th of May. The follow up data will be collected in June, and NoSTRA will then aim to have the results publishable by the end of August. 

The project is being coordinated centrally with County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust acting as the lead trust. Each Trust has a trainee primary investigator, supported by a foundation level investigator. The process is overseen by a separate consultant supervisor within each centre.

The documents needed to carry out the data collection can be found below. Investigators will need to become familiar with the inclusion and exclusion criteria as well as the data collection form. An opiate dose calculator can be found here.