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Posted on 30 Apr 2021
Incident response/review

The first annual report from the newly formed Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council was released today, detailing patient safety improvements that can be made before, during and after surgery.

Download the report: Improving perioperative care before, during and after surgery 

Established in 2019, the independent council oversees, reviews and monitors perioperative care in Victoria to improve outcomes for patients.

Over the past year, the VPCC identified several focus areas for improvement, including:

  • Before surgery: 
    • Promote preoperative optimisation strategies for high-risk, comorbid patients. 
    • Champion patient/consumer engagement in shared decision-making. 
    • Agree goals of management when exploring treatment options. 
    • Consider what the best care looks like for each individual.
  • During surgery: 
    • Ensure adequate preparation and consistent use of safety checklists. 
    • Practise protocols to respond to unexpected events such as anaphylaxis, massive bleeding or cardiac arrhythmias.
  • After surgery: 
    • Recognise and respond to complications such as cardiovascular events, unplanned return to theatre, and when to transfer for escalation of care. 
    • Review perioperative morbidity and mortality to identify themes and lessons to improve care across the whole patient journey.

Health services and clinicians must report adverse events (including death) that may occur prior to, during, or following surgery to the VPCC. Find out how 


Page last updated: 30 Apr 2021