Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality
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The Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality has been in existence since 1994 and includes participation from all surgical specialties in Scotland with the exceptions of thoracic, cardiac and obstetrics.
The audit aims to identify all deaths under the care of a surgeon that occur in hospital with each case undergoing a peer review process. This will determine if there are any areas for consideration - where an aspect of care could have been improved - or an area of concern - where the assessor/coordinator felt that the quality of care provided was sub-optimal.
Over 1100 consultants (surgeons, anaesthetists, interventional radiologists and intensivists) voluntarily participate in the audit and approximately 3000 deaths are reviewed each year.
To help facilitate the audit an electronic data capture system was developed, eSASM, that all consultants are able to access.
An eSASM Workshop was held in August 2012 at Bridge of Allan.
SASM negotiated 50 IT development days to make improvements to the electronic data capture system eSASM.
A workshop was held in August 2012, 25 clinicians attended.
The group agreed the following changes:
• A surgeon has the ability to self generate a form
• Clinicians are able to access and printout an individual additional Annual Feedback Report on eSASM for their completed SASM cases
• A template letter is available on eSASM for clinicians to print out to assist when requesting case notes locally
• 2011 cases have been removed from clinicians’ active studies
The above changes have been implemented to eSASM on 18th December 2012, 16:00 During 2011 SASM contacted all eligible clinicians and asked them to complete a short survey on the SASM process. The responses were collated and the report is available to view. Some changes have already been made and we aim to take forward some of the other points in future developments of SASM
If you are a surgeon and require assistance initiating your case, please click here to download the guideline (29kb).
If you require any further training or any assistance with eSASM please contact the SASM team, email: isdSASM@nhs.net
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During 2011 SASM contacted all eligible clinicians and asked them to complete a short survey on the SASM process. The responses were collated and the report is available to view. Some changes have already been made and we aim to take forward some of the other points in future developments of SASM