Variability of Calcium Measurement following Thyroidectomy: The Need for Consensus

Aim:Hypocalcaemia following thyroidectomy is a well-recognised and
frequent complication.
It impairs quality of life, lengthens hospital stay and is potentially
life threatening if inadequately addressed
23.5% of patients will develop hypocalcaemia, rising to 35% if a level
VI neck dissection is performed.
Monitoring and management of low calcium levels following
thyroid surgery can be variable between surgeons.
This may cause confusion and variation in management in the post
operative period with potentially detrimental results.
This work aimed to identify these variations in practice so that a
standardised approach could be adopted across all members of the
team to aid safe and effective patient care.

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Upload Date:11th March 2019
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