Welcome

This is a survey conducted by the Thoracic Surgery team at Castle Hill Hospital under the supervision of Mr S Qadri, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon. The aim of this survey is to gain insight into the national practices of consultants who perform procedures for empyema. Your input is greatly appreciated, and we will not ask for any personal information which will identify you and your answers.

This survey should take approximately five minutes.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact Dr J Green (Principal Investigator) on jordan.green8@nhs.net or Mr S Qadri (Chief Investigator) on syed.qadri@hey.nhs.uk.

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* 1. What is your speciality, and which hospital do you work in?

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* 2. Which of the following procedures for empyema are performed at your institution? (Please select all that apply)

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* 3. Please provide the percentages of each procedure you perform:

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* 4. Out of the open decortications you perform, please provide the following percentages:

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* 5. Out of the VATS decortications you perform, please provide the following percentages:

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* 6. Are you aware of any local guidelines or policies that determine which procedure for empyema you should use first for your patients?

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* 7. What is your primary procedure of choice when choosing to operate on patients with empyema? What factors influence you to choose this over any other methods?

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* 8. Does your first method of choice differ depending on the age of the patient? Please provide details (e.g. I choose VATS decortication if they are over 65, but I choose open decortication if they are under 65).

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* 9. Do you have any other comments that you would like to share with the team?

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* 10. ** We are planning to conduct a national retrospective audit on surgery for empyema. We would be extremely grateful if your institution would collaborate with us. If you are interested, then please provide an e-mail address below in which we will contact you soon:

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