DOI: 10.1093/bjs/znad241.058 ISSN:

SP5.6 A UK-wide audit on peri-operative practices during deceased donor kidney transplantation: Results from a prospective National Transplant ACcess to Theatre (NTACT) Audit

Balint Borbas, Mariyam Mujeeb, Andrei Tanase, Somaiah Aroori
  • Surgery



The outcomes of deceased donor kidney transplants are mainly affected by donor and recipient factors. There is little data on standard perioperative practices across the UK and whether variations in perioperative practices could affect the outcomes. This national audit aims to identify current perioperative practices.


We conducted a multicentre, prospective audit of adult deceased donor kidney-only transplants across 14 UK transplant centres between February and September 2022. Data was collected on pre-operative antibiotic use, clinician’s grade, fluid management, central/arterial line insertion, post-operative destination, crossmatch and advanced haemodynamic monitoring use. Data was recorded on RedCap and analysed using descriptive statistics.


476 kidney-only transplants were recorded (59 were excluded for incomplete/incorrect data), leaving 417 transplants. In 98.6% of transplants, patients received antibiotics pre-operatively. A wide range of antibiotics were given; the three most used were co-amoxiclav (n=135), ciprofloxacin (n=92) and amikacin (n=62). Most operations were led by a consultant surgeon (91.1% n=380). However, only 60.1% of cases were led by consultant anaesthetists. Central lines were used in 65.5% (273/417) of patients, 41.0% (171/417) used an arterial line, and 25.4% (106/417) had advanced haemodynamic monitoring. A total of 289 cases (69.3%) received goal-directed fluid therapy, of which 74.4% (215/289) used static parameters. Most common post-operative destinations were the transplant ward, 75.3% (n=314), ICU, 9.4% (n=39) and HDU, 10.1% (n=42).


We identified wide variations in certain perioperative practices. In the future, we would like to assess whether there is any relationship between the variations in practice and postoperative outcomes, such as graft function and mortality.

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