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BJS Academy SoMe Review December 2021

Authors: Julio Mayol

The surgical community on social media was particularly active during the last month of 2021. Twitter was plagued with interesting tweets because deadlines were approaching, and global collaborations (#CovidSurg, #TUGS, #ICARUS) were seeking more engagement from surgeons in countries all over the world. More importantly, the SARS-CoV-2 omicron variant started to have a huge impact, delaying the delivery of elective surgical care in Western Europe.

On December 6th, @BJSurgery posted an interesting video on its YouTube channel explaining the findings reported by Niederwieser et al. in their article “Early postoperative arterial lactate concentrations to stratify risk of post-hepatectomy liver failure” published in BJS ( In brief, this study suggests that postoperative arterial lactate values may be an accurate marker of clinically relevant post-hepatectomy liver failure.

You can watch the video below:

On December 16th, @ASGBI, a BJS Society strategic partner, announced on Twitter that the deadline for the BJS Prize submission was the 20th of December ( The ASGBI International Surgical Congress will take place in Liverpool between the 3rd and the 5th of May 2022.

You can learn more by clicking on this link

Dmitri Nepogodiev (@dnepo) tweeted about a real-time elective operation tracker for England (@SurgeryTracker) on December 17th 2021 ( Omicron is sweeping Western Europe, leaving fewer resources available for surgical patients. A precise estimation of its impact on elective surgical procedures is key to developing strategies and action plans to tackle this long-lasting crisis.

You can learn more here

On December 21st, the Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons Multinational Audits (@TUGS_audits) shared good news with their Twitter followership. They are on the course of creating some of the largest datasets for surgical collaborative research,

To learn more about TUGS, you can visit

The Icarus Global Surgical Collaboration Project (@ICARUS_collab) shared their call to action for the standardization of intraoperative adverse events on Twitter on December 22nd (

If intraoperative adverse events are not standardized, we will not be able to accurately measure them (assessment, grading, and reporting). What is not measured cannot be understood and improved.

“Assessing, grading, and reporting intraoperative adverse events during and after surgery” had been published in the Needle Point section of @BJSurgery on December 21st. It is available here

On December 30th, Rebecca Grossman (@rebgross drew our attention towards the huge impact of an article on sexual assault in surgery, co-authored by Simon Flemming (@orthopodreg) and Becky Fisher (@beckybeckyfish). Published in the @WomenSurgeonsUK issue of the Royal College of Surgeons Bulletin (@RCSnews), it was the most read Bulletin article.

You can read the article here

Last but not least, @BJSOpen said goodbye to 2021 on Twitter on December 31st with a tweet expressing its gratitude to authors and reviewers, because its success is largely due to them (

BJS Open, the BJS Society open-access journal, publishes high-quality articles on a broad spectrum of surgical topics. Its first impact factor in 2021 was 3.396.

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