ACT Regional Committee

Welcome to the website of the Australian Capital Territory Regional Committee of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. The committee is involved in training, continuing medical education and issues pertaining to anaesthesia in the ACT. The committee advises the ANZCA Council on regional issues, convenes continuing medical education events for Fellows, runs examination preparation courses for trainees and provides a forum for liaison between training hospitals and the College. Our website highlights activities undertaken by the committee and provides easy access to material relevant to Fellows and trainees.


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18 National Cct
Barton ACT 2600

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Australian Capital Territory Audit of Surgical Mortality

The ACT Audit of Surgical Mortality (ACTASM) is an audit process that provides an independent, external peer review, that is systematic, objective and confidential. The purpose of ACTASM is to review all deaths that occur during an episode of surgical care and to provide opportunities for improvements in patient outcomes.
The ACTASM and ANZCA collaborate in the collection of anaesthetic-related surgical mortality. ACTASM is notified by the hospital of all deaths that occurred during a surgical admission, and an anaesthetist may be involved when the treating surgeon alerts the possibility of an anaesthetic component of the death. In this case, ACTASM will send an Anaesthetic Case Form to the treating anaesthetist for completion. Anaesthetic First Line Assessment Form.
An Anaesthetic Case Form should be:

  1. Completed by the consultant anaesthetist or registrar under supervision.
  2. Returned to ACTASM in the reply paid envelope as soon as possible.
  3. De-identified and sent to a first-line assessor (a consultant anaesthetist; same specialty, different hospital) for anonymous peer review.
If a second-line assessment (case note review) is not requested by the first-line assessor, the original anaesthetist will be sent written feedback at this point (and the case will be closed). If a second-line assessment (case note review) is requested by the first-line assessor (that is, the case needs further investigation or insufficient information has been provided on the case form then these steps are followed:
  1. An appropriate second-line assessor is selected.
  2. Medical records are requested by ACTASM project staff.
  3. The second-line assessor reviews the Anaesthetic Case Form, the patient's medical records and the first-line assessor's comment, before writing a one-page report.
  4. The report and relevant feedback is sent to the reporting anaesthetist. The case is then closed.
  5. At each stage of the process the reporting anaesthetist has right of reply.

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