New Best Care guidance from Safer Care Victoria will help clinicians and patients make shared decisions about non-urgent elective surgeries.
After National Cabinet temporarily suspended all non-urgent elective surgery in order to conserve resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, health services now need to prioritise patients who have faced extended waiting times for their procedures.
These guidelines will:
- help healthcare clinicians - from primary healthcare through to acute healthcare services - prioritise higher-value surgical options that ensure the best possible outcomes of care for all Victorians
- educate and empower Victorian consumers by providing facts about the risks associated with particular surgeries and alternatives to surgery.
Our Best Care guidance provides high-quality, evidence-based information to the Victorian healthcare sector and consumers about specific elective surgical procedures which should only be considered under certain circumstances or at certain time intervals.
These procedures may still be performed where the consumers healthcare needs meet certain indications for surgery (as identified in the guidance) or if an exemption has been sought to perform the procedure at a local health service level.
Clinicians and consumers can consider the clinical evidence, the individual risks and benefits of the procedure, the health outcomes that matter to the consumer, and the alternative care options available.