Audit reveals surgeons’ skills

The data, released earlier this month by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as part of the 2012 annual report of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), is based on an audit of 2862 deaths in the state occurring over the last five years.

The report states that 2400 (85%) of audited deaths were perceived to have involved no or only minor issues of patient care.

In the cases of 146 patients (5%), the clinical management was deemed likely to have contributed to the adverse outcome.

In almost 10% of cases

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