RCVS Knowledge is embarking on a new project to create a national audit for post-operative outcomes. This audit will include a wide range of surgical procedures, including routine and emergency surgeries, and will cover a range of species commonly seen within first opinion practice.
Currently, national veterinary surgical audits, such as the National Audit for Small Animal Neutering and the Canine Cruciate Registry, are specific to species and procedure. The National Audit for Post-operative Outcomes (NAPO) will provide a platform for practices to perform clinical audits and compare their outcomes, allowing for improvements within the peri- and post-operative journey.
The audit will offer a selection of relevant evidence-based care bundles and educational materials to support practices with interventions and the use of Quality Improvement (QI) methodology to drive improvement.
Our Clinical Lead for the project, Jenny Brown Bsc(Hons) BVM&S(dist) GPCert(FelPr) MANZCVS(Medicine of Cats) MRCVS, said:
“I’m really excited to join this project. I hope we can work together with clinicians in practice to gain evidence showing how we can make the surgical journey as safe as possible for the animals entrusted into our care."
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