Monitoring surgical mortality

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7500.1098 (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1098
  1. Nancy N Baxter (baxte025@umn.edu), assistant professor
  1. Division of Surgical Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, MMC 450, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

    Scottish scheme has worked well but may not be transferable to other settings

    Should surgical mortality be routinely monitored? In this issue Thompson and Stonebridge present a compelling argument for systematic audits (p 1139)1 and Esmail, in the first part of a new series on the General Medical Council and revalidation, argues that doctors will have nothing to fear from the GMC's revised plans (p 1144).2

    The Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality is a voluntary, peer reviewed, critical event analysis that has become an established part of standard surgical practice in Scotland. Scottish surgeons have shown tremendous support for the programme—99% of surgeons participate and 91% of deaths under surgical care in Scotland are audited. They support the scheme perhaps because …

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