Surgery is a critical component of an effective healthcare system, with one third of the global disease burden, and two-thirds of cancers and injuries, managed by surgery. In Australia, this is reflected in approximately 2.5 million surgical procedures performed annually.
Complications and death after surgery are common. Currently, one in six people suffer major complications after surgery, and death within 30 days of surgery ranks as the 3rd leading cause of death worldwide. Left unaddressed, this is estimated to increase substantially as our population ages, and with its increasing burden of chronic disease, by as much as 10% annually for the next 30 years.
There is increasing evidence that changes in healthcare delivery before and after surgery can generate higher value care, with improved patient outcome and reduced costs .
(References for the above data can be found in the report located in this website)