Epidemiology of Critical Care provision after Surgery (EpiCCS)
26 April 2017

EpiCCS will describe the epidemiology of perioperative risk and outcome and critical care referral after inpatient surgery in Australia. It also aims to examine whether planned postoperative critical care admission is effective as an intervention to reduce postoperative morbidity.

EpiCCS is supported by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Clinical Trials Network (ANZCA CTN).

The principle investigator is Professor Paul Myles (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne) and the National Trainee Lead is Dr Scott Popham (ASA Trainee Member Group Chair, based at Gold Coast University Hospital).

Date of study: Patient recruitment will commence at 0700 on Wednesday the 21st June and end at 0659 on Wednesday the 28th June. There is a 7-day and 60-day follow up.

Inclusion: Patients included are all patients aged 18 years and over undergoing any surgery or procedure requiring the support of an anaesthetist and who are expected to require an overnight stay.

Data collection methods: CRFs will be distributed by the site lead at the participating hospital. The site leads are anaesthetic registrars who have liaised with their departments prior to the data collection date, and should be known to each department.

Aside from the main patient data CRF there is a Clinician Perception CRF which requires completion. The questions on these forms explore clinician approach to risk stratification and decision making around postoperative care. The clinicians invited to complete them are

  • - Anaesthetists
  • - Intensivists
  • - Surgeons

Nurses in charge of ICU/HDU within the participating hospitals will be approached twice a day to survey critical care occupancy status.

If you have any further questions please contact the site lead at your hospital or Scott Popham.