Journal article

Evaluating the value and impact of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality

Claudia Retegan, Colin Russell, Darren Harris, Nick Andrianopoulos, C Barry Beiles

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Since the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) commenced in 2007, 95% of Victorian Fellows have agreed to participate and have provided data on the deaths of patients receiving surgical care. All public, and the majority of private, hospitals involved in the delivery of surgical services in Victoria have been submitting data on deaths associated with surgery. De-identified reports on this data are distributed in regular annual reports and case note review booklets. Although informal feedback on the perceived value of the audit was encouraging, a formal review of all aspects of the audit was felt necessary. METHODS: An independent formal review of VASM governance, docume..

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