Background: The morbidity and mortality (M&M) meeting should be an agent for robust selfaudit and quality improvement within the local surgical department. Recent recommendations have been published on this subject by the Confidential Reporting System in Surgery (CORESS).
Method: An audit was performed to assess the effectiveness of the Ear, Nose and Throat departmental M&M meeting. Changes were then implemented to reduce wasted time, and to spend more of the time available discussing adverse events and learning outcomes.
Results: Following these changes the mean participant score for the meeting’s educational value rose from 6.2 to 8.9 out of a maximum of ten, while the mean score for impact on patient safety rose from 6.0 to 8.7.