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Surgical mortality audits
The Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) is an independent, external peer review of surgical mortality in all states and territories of Australia. The purpose of an audit is to review all deaths that occur during an episode of surgical care and to provide opportunities for improvements in patient outcomes.
Each audit of surgical mortality is funded by its state or territory department of health (as is the case for Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory) and is managed by RACS. The ANZASM Steering Committee oversees the project which constitutes an invaluable foundation to the running and success of the audit program. The Collaborating Hospitals Audit of Surgical Mortality (CHASM) in New South Wales provides comparable data to ANZASM, independently managed by the Clinical Excellence Commission of New South Wales.