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Introducing the BAPO Newsletter

The BAPO newsletter has recently launched. The latest issue and archive are available at It will be published on a recurring basis with insights and updates from specialists in the field of paediatric otolaryngology.

The current issue is released to coincide the six week deadline prior to the BAPO conference. Ensure to register and submit your study leave request if you have not yet already done so!

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Bivona Tracheostomy Clinical Risk Stratification Tool

This bulletin is circulated by the Expert Working Group, representing the National Tracheostomy Safety Project, and the British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology.

Due to a raw material shortage, production of the entire range of Smiths Bivona® paediatric tracheostomy products has been temporarily paused. The current stock position is critical on several product lines, with low levels on many other sizes. This supply disruption is likely to continue to affect systems for at least several weeks to months. It is important that affected families and their carers are engaged with and involved in any clinical decisions taken as a result of this issue.