Last week saw the release of the most recent Victorian surgical mortality data, which is now said to include 97% of Victorian surgeons (though with a case form submission rate of 92%). The accompanying media release indicates that the death rate over the last seven years has dropped from 0.4% to 0.3%.
The most recent national report is the 2013 report.
Recent studies making use of the Victorian data include papers by:
- Hansen & Ors entitled Comparison of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality with coronial cause of death. That paper indicates that in 82% of cases, the cause of death reported to VASM by the treating surgeon matched the cause of death determined by the coroner;
- Vinluan & Ors entitled Clinical management issues vary by specialty in the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality.