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Public hospital surgical audit outcomes unveiled
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:
     The preliminary results of the Surgical Outcomes Monitoring and Improvement Programme (SOMIP) in the year 2016 are now available, while the detailed data are being validated and analysed, the Hospital Authority (HA) spokesman said today (November 23).
     The HA introduced the SOMIP in 2008 to collect and analyse the clinical data of 17 public hospital surgical departments, as an ongoing quality improvement initiative in surgical services.
     "The preliminary findings this year indicated that Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) and Tung Wah Hospital outperformed other public hospitals in emergency and elective surgeries respectively in terms of post-operative 30-day mortality. On the other hand, Caritas Medical Centre (CMC) and TMH compared unfavourably with other HA hospitals in the performance of elective surgeries in terms of post-operative 30-day mortality. CMC also had higher post-operative 30-day mortality after emergency surgeries.
     "The SOMIP team will visit the hospitals concerned in the coming months to look into the local situation with the department staff. Multilevel analysis will also be conducted to reaffirm the findings, ascertain possible causes and explore directions for improvement," the spokesman explained.
     The HA will disclose the complete report with the full set of data and analysis in January 2017 to healthcare professionals for their reference and follow-up. The results will be shared and discussed during the annual forum.
     The HA spokesman added that, as in previous years, a media workshop would be arranged in January 2017 to present the highlights of the report and the follow-up actions.
Ends/Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:15
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