ANZTADC was formed in 2005 by ANZCA, the ASA and the NZSA. From 2005-2007 a review of existing incident reporting systems was made and a set of requirements drawn up. From these requirements the WebAIRS software programme was created. The pilot release of the web based programme took place in September 2009. Hospitals were recruited to take part in the pilot phase and at each of the hospitals, ethics approval and a memorandum of agreement were obtained. By the end of August 2010 it was apparent that the major teething problems had been sorted and that the software was ready for release. The programme was released throughout New Zealand and Australia in October 2010. Since then, 73 hospitals have registered and many more are in the process of registering. The project does not replace or interfere with existing hospital incident recording and management systems (including AIMS) but enables the forwarding of a de-identified subset of the data to a bi-national registry. The bi-national registry will be used to work out strategies for preventing such incidents in the future. The project has received qualified privilege by the Ministry of Heath in New Zealand and the Department of Health and Ageing in Australia to collect the data and to protect the data once collected.
The Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee
ANZTADC’s mission is to improve the safety and quality of anaesthesia for patients in Australia and New Zealand by providing an enduring capability to capture, analyse and disseminate information about incidents (de-identified) relative to the safety and quality of anaesthesia in New Zealand and Australia. ANZTADC has developed a web-based programme for recording anaesthetic incident data, known as WebAIRS (web-based anaesthetic incident recording system). This tool can be used in anaesthetic departments throughout New Zealand and Australia. All hospitals are now able to register. If you would like to join the project and send de-identified incident data from your hospital to this bi-national Registry please click here www.anztadc.net and then on the registration link.
The web-based tool is free and can also be used to provide a means of recording incidents instead of paper forms. The software includes a tool for presenting incidents at local morbidity and mortality meetings whilst maintaining anonymity at a national level. If the hospital has an e-Health compliant Anaesthetic Recording System then data can be shared electronically with ANZTADC. CPD credits are applicable when reporting incident data to ANZTADC. The programme allows participants to either print a certificate to confirm the credits or to send the confirmation by email.