oa South African Medical Journal - Deaths at a non-European Hospital : a review



1. The deaths occurring under general anaesthesia on the table, and within 2 weeks after operation, at a nonEuropean hospital are reviewed. 2. The rate per 1,000 deaths on the table as shown is still higher than at a European hospital. This is attributed to the more serious type of injuries sustained, the poor general condition of the patients, and the high proportion of major emergency cases. 3. It is shown that there has been a steady decrease of deaths on the table in which the anaesthetic has been the main or contributory cause. 4. This decrease is attributed to thorough teaching of housemen and new anaesthetic registrars and to adequate pre- and post-operative care. 5. It is shown that the services of a full-time trained staff not only reduces the hazard of death on the table, but also reduces the post-operative mortality.


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