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BJS Academy SoMe Review January 2022

Authors: Julio Mayol

The omicron wave turned January 2022 into a difficult time for surgeons in Western Europe. A high accumulated incidence, the sharp increase in the number of cases, backlogs and delays, and shortage of operating theatre personnel had a tremendous impact on hospitals and surgical departments. However, twitterers in the surgical Twittersphere were particularly active during January 2022.

Dmitri Nepogodiev was involved in many engaging conversations on January 1st. He shared the results of a Twitter poll about peer reviewers’ behaviour. Interestingly, 56% of 140 participants opined that reviewers occasionally asked them to add citations in the manuscript to their own articles. Is this an appropriate behaviour for a reviewer? What do editors think?

On January 3rd, Giovani Marchegiani @Gio_Marchegiani tweeted about a long-debated issue: nasogastric tubes after pancreatoduodenectomy. Based on the findings of a meta-analysis published in @BJSOpen, Giovani stated that the routine use of NG tubes is associated with poorer results and reminded his followers that @ErasSociety policies should be the standard of care. You can read the #openaccess paper published in @BJSOpen if you click on this link

The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 attracted a lot of attention from surgeons. Aneel Bhangu @anellbhangu, Gabriella Morley @gabriellamorely, and Dmitri Nepogodiev @dnepo addressed important questions related to Omicron during an online meeting held on Jan 18th via zoom.

On January 16th, Marc Besselink shared through his Twitter account @MarcBesselink a summary of the results of the Dutch PEANUTS II multicentre randomized non-inferiority clinical trial of antibiotic prophylaxis in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis, which was had been published in @BJSurgery. The take-home message is that antibiotic prophylaxis reduces the surgical site infection rate from 12.1% to 5.3%.

Shortly after, on January 20, 2002, Carly Bisset @CBizzle1 announced on Twitter that her work on the Plato project @plato_project had been shortlisted by the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, a strategic partner of the BJS society, for the @BJSurgery Prize. In 2022, the Annual Meeting of the @ASGBI will be held in Liverpool. Congratulations, Carly!

Environmental sustainability is a fundamental component of value-based surgery. @CovidSurg, the global collaborative, launched a leading initiative on Twitter on January 25th, aimed at developing a “Green Surgery Toolkit” through a consensus process.

On the last day of the month, Marylise Boutros @BoutrosMarylise congratulated Sami Chadi @Schadi_CRS and Fayez A. Quereshy @QuereshyMD of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto on the publication in @BJSurgery of their study showing that neoadjuvant therapy improves negative resection margin rate compared with direct to surgery in T4 colon tumors. This is the link to the paper

Finally, we share a rather detailed analysis of the activity of the @BJSurgery and @BJSOpen communities during January 2022 with Twitonomy.

Between January 1st and 31st, 2022, 174 tweets including the handle @BJSurgery were posted on Twitter. Ninety-two of them were original and 82 (47%) were retweets. Overall, twenty hashtags were used.

During the same period (January 1st to 31st, 2022), 24 tweets including @BJSOpen were posted. Twenty of them were original and 4 (17%) were retweets. Many more hashtags (75) were included in @BJSOpen tweets.


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