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Dr B. Preckel (1966) has been named professor of Anaesthesiology, specialising in Patient Safety during the perioperative process in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Amsterdam (AMC-UvA).

Jeroen Oerlemans

Dr B. Preckel (1966) has been named professor of Anaesthesiology, specialising in Patient Safety during the perioperative process in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Amsterdam (AMC-UvA).

Benedikt Preckel’s research focuses on the quality of care and patient safety before, during and after surgical and diagnostic procedures conducted under sedation or anaesthesia. His main area of interest is the reallocation of duties at anaesthesiology departments: nurse anaesthesiologists independently sedate patients (providing both conscious sedation and deep sedation) during diagnostic procedures, and are trained to conduct independent pre-assessments at the anaesthesiology outpatient clinic. Pain management nurses are trained to provide Acute Pain Service. This reallocation of duties presents a challenge to both the staff members assigned with new tasks and the anaesthesiologists: What constitutes to a good study programme? Will the perioperative/periprocedural process become safer? Will the quality and efficiency of care be improved? In order to address the growing complexity of surgical procedures and comorbidity in an ageing patient population, Preckel will be focusing on preventing errors and increasing the effectiveness of the care process through protocol-based working methods and improved communication (structured hand-over process, crisis resource management).

Preckel’s previous research partly focused on the diabetic patient. He will resume this area of research in order to further optimise care for diabetic patients during hospitalisation for surgical procedures, improve quality and prevent complications. Perioperative organ protection will play a key role in this regard. The prevention of tissue damage due to ischaemia (constrained blood circulation) is an important aspect in ensuring patient safety and the quality of care. In order to improve the quality of organ protection, results from pre-clinical (experimental) studies will be applied in clinical practice; translational research will be applied in order to describe new interventions in the area of organ protection and test their clinical effectiveness.

Preckel has worked at the Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA) as an anaesthesiologist since 2006. He previously served in various positions at the Düsseldorf University Hospital in Germany. Preckel has received various grants over the course of his career, including grants awarded as a part of the ZonMW Translational Research programmes. He was presented with a BOC Inspire Award in 2008 in recognition of his research on helium-induced heart protection. Preckel has published extensively in academic journals such as Anesthesiology, the British Journal of Anaesthesia and the British Journal of Pharmacology.