No consultant? No problem

A lack of consultant supervision is rarely to blame for surgery-related deaths in Australia, a study finds.

The audit of almost 1700 surgical deaths found that while levels of supervision were often “inadequate”, this did not translate into significantly more errors or avoidable complications.

In fact, procedures performed by unsupervised registrars had fewer complication rates, “clinical management deficiencies” and unplanned returns to theatre than those