Our Mission

“To provide the final chapter in an episode of Day Care surgery via a survey link sent to the patient; studying the results as applied to a diverse group, in order to lift the standard of care where possible and improve the economy of health care in Australia”

With a registry we can

Record outcomes
  • QA - Hospital

  • CPD - Anaesthetist

  • RPT - Health authorities

Improve outcomes
  • Better analgesia

  • Better PDNV

  • Reduce complications

Justify standards
  • To health departments

  • To the private funds

  • To the community

Initiate change
  • Patient management

  • Patient selection

  • Patient case mix


The Day Care Anaesthesia Registry

Completing the experience

How it Works

1. Admit patient
  • Admit patient to system after PACU discharge

  • This can be manual or automatic via existing patient management system

  • Demographics collected via a web based form

2. Survey link
  • Patient specific survey link (URL) sent out 24 hours after discharge

  • Link sent via SMS &/or email (both preferred)

  • Re-sent if no response after 48 hours

3. Complete survey
  • Survey completed by patient OR

  • Survey declined OR

  • Survey expires if no response after 5 days

4. Alert & Report
  • Treating anaesthetist and senior hospital group notified if clinical alert detected

  • Patients de-identified after alerts actioned

  • Generate filtered comparative reports at any time

Frequently asked questions

How do I join?

You join as a Hospital or Day Procedure Centre or as an Anaesthesia Group. DayCOR is a module of CAST - the Clinical Anaesthesia Survey Tool. For more information on how to set up a CAST account please refer to the DayCOR manual. You can get the manual here.

Who is responsible at the facility?

A committee assigned by the hospital to run the program including the Director of Anaesthesia or deputy, Director of the Day procedure Centre or deputy, a senior nurse and any other appropriate personnel, particularly anaesthetists. That committee also organises meetings to discuss reports or other connected activities.

Who admits the patients onto the system?

The discharge nursing staff. An automatic patient import facility connected to the hospital's patient management system is also available. Please contact us for more information.

Who receives the patient’s response?

The treating anaesthetist and an organised group of senior hospital staff with a joint email address for the purpose, typically an anaesthesia representative, an administrator and a senior nurse nominee.

What are clinical alerts and how do I handle them?

An alert email is sent to the treating anaesthetist and the hospital group. If the concern affects the anaesthetist, they act appropriately and communicate that action to the hospital for the medical record. If it affects the surgeon/proceduralist, the anaesthetist should forward the email to that person. Other issues will be handled by the hospital group. Positive comments initiate a “low grade” alert. Everyone enjoys praise.

Is there a cost?

There is a cost to the hospital of 52 cents per survey sent.

Are CPD points available?

Yes, if you use the program to provide a QA loop.


We've Come a Long Way

The DayCOR initiative has been established by the ACE Day Care Anaesthesia Special Interest Group

I became chairman of the ACE Day Care Anaesthesia Special Interest Group (SIG) some years ago when I “semi-retired” to the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne.


All my professional life I had wondered about the outcomes of my day care patients. VERY occasionally one would hear about an unsatisfactory outcome and hospital admission, usually from a surgical complication, but I was well aware that many patients struggled with pain relief and nausea at home, as well as the decision to call .…who?... when they feared a complication.

With time on my hands, and with the total support of the SIG executive, the outcomes of day care anaesthesia became a major study for the SIG.


It soon became obvious that there was little time for hospitals to provide the impetus to determine these outcomes. Telephone calls were an expensive time consumer and inefficient way to obtain results despite determined efforts.

Then along came the Clinical Anaesthesia Survey Tool (CAST) web server, which has provided the total solution.

At the time of writing we have surveyed over 8500 patients in a two hospital trial.

Ken, Feb 2019

Dr Ken Sleeman MB MS (Hons) FAMA FANZCA

Chairman ACE Day Care Anaesthesia SIG



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The DayCOR Registry is produced by the Anaesthetic Continuing Education Day Care Anaesthesia Special Interest Group.

The DayCOR Registry's intellectual property is protected by the Anaesthetic Continuing Education Consultative Committee under the auspices of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists.

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