NAP7: Perioperative Cardiac Arrest

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The Seventh National Audit Project (NAP7) of the Royal College of Anaesthetists will examine Perioperative Cardiac Arrest.

A panel comprised of senior clinicians from the RCoA, the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA), Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), and trainee and lay representatives selected the topic after a highly competitive application process.

The topic has now been ratified by the Clinical Quality & Research Board and College Council and is now formally the focus for NAP7.

The RCoA and HSRC would like to thank everyone who submitted a proposal for NAP7. The selection panel also wished to note the high level and quality of trainee involvement in the proposals for NAP7, including the submission for the successful topic.

The NAP7 Project Team are currently in the planning stage of NAP7, and look to begin data collection in Autumn 2020.

NAP7 Coronavirus Update

Like everyone else we are keeping a close eye on developments with COVID-19. We hope that preparations in your hospital are well underway. In view of the disturbance that COVID-19 will likely cause we have decided that NAP7 will not launch until the autumn. The NAPs need to be undertaken at a time when healthcare is normal and stable; this may not be the case in the next few months. We are also very aware of the additional workload undertaking a NAP entails and do not believe this is likely to be reasonable when hospitals are dealing with such a major epidemic. We will update the situation in due course.

NAP7 Local Coordinator Update

The NAP7 Project Team and Steering Panel are working hard to develop the project, and sent the below information recently to NAP7 Local Coordinators:

 NAP7 Local Coordinators Update (140 KB)

Further information will follow as further plans are developed. In the meantime, please send any queries to

NAP7 Clinical Lead Appointed

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Dr Jasmeet Soar has been appointed as the clinical lead for the Seventh National Audit Project. NAP7 will examine perioperative cardiac arrest. Jas is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at Southmead Hospital Bristol, and has a major interest in cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Jas is the current chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) ALS Task Force, Chair of the European Resuscitation Council ALS Science Committee and is an editor for the journal Resuscitation. He is a past Chair of the Resuscitation Council (UK), and chairs the ALS course subcommittee. His anaesthesia interests include anaesthesia for major urological and adrenal surgery.

Jas is looking forward to taking on the NAP7 role and working with anaesthetic and other colleagues to improve knowledge of perioperative cardiac arrest.