Standardised metrics for global surgical surveillance.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Public health surveillance relies on standardised metrics to evaluate disease burden and health system performance. Such metrics have not been developed for surgical services despite increasing volume, substantial cost, and high rates of death and disability associated with surgery. The Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative of WHO's Patient Safety Programme has developed standardised public health metrics for surgical care that are applicable worldwide. We assembled an international panel of experts to develop and define metrics for measuring the magnitude and effect of surgical care in a population, while taking into account economic feasibility and practicability. This panel recommended six measures for assessing surgical services at a national level: number of operating rooms, number of operations, number of accredited surgeons, number of accredited anaesthesia professionals, day-of-surgery death ratio, and postoperative in-hospital death ratio. We assessed the feasibility of gathering such statistics at eight diverse hospitals in eight countries and incorporated them into the WHO Guidelines for Safe Surgery, in which methods for data collection, analysis, and reporting are outlined.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weiser, TG; Makary, MA; Haynes, AB; Dziekan, G; Berry, WR; Gawande, AA; Safe Surgery Saves Lives Measurement and Study Groups,

Published Date

  • September 26, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 374 / 9695

Start / End Page

  • 1113 - 1117

PubMed ID

  • 19782877

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1474-547X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61161-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England