Perioperative mortality report’s new areas help New Zealand remain world leader

15 Jun 2015 | Perioperative Mortality Review Committee

Press release from Hon Peter Dunne

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is welcoming today’s release of the fourth annual Perioperative Mortality Review Committee’s (POMRC) report.

Additional operative procedures have been added to the report for the first time: coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG), percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PCTA), bariatric surgery and severe postoperative infections.

It also includes for the first time patients with American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) scores over four or five – a rating system used to assess a patient’s overall physical health before undertaking surgery. ASA scores of four or five represent those most at risk of dying without a procedure.

Mr Dunne says New Zealand’s surgical teams have a high level of skill.

“Being able to review real hospital and patient data ensures any issues are quickly identified so high-quality services can continue to be delivered to New Zealanders.

“In May of this year, at a regional meeting of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, New Zealand was mentioned as having the best perioperative mortality data in the world, and we should be very proud of this.

“The inclusion of the additional areas in this report is welcome as it allows New Zealand to continue to set this standard, while also improving our understanding of our own postoperative care.”

The POMRC will continue to review these five areas as it begins to develop principles which can be adopted for local perioperative mortality review systems across the country.

Mr Dunne spoke at the third annual Perioperative Mortality Review Committee workshop in Auckland this morning.

Last updated 15/06/2015