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


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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