DEVELOPING A SYSTEM FOR SURGICAL AUDIT

Authors


R. A. Pettigrew. Department of Surgery, University of Otago, PO Box 913, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Abstract

A system for surgical audit, which has been developed during a 6 year period in an active surgical unit of a teaching hospital, is described. Following a review of the first 3 years of our computerized audit, major modifications to the audit processes and computer program were made. The key lessons for systematic practical surgical audit include the collection of essential data only, establishing audit processes within current department practices, verification of data by consultants, and the provision of incentives for all users. The current system is proving a valuable resource for quality assurance, surgical training and departmental management.

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