n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Anaesthesia and caesarean safety : review

Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1027-9148



Caesarean delivery is associated with a higher maternal mortality than vaginal birth. Anaesthesia complications are asignificant contributor to this fact. Reported avoidable anaesthetic mortality rates vary from 1 : 150 in Togo to 1 : 71429 in the UK. This high variation in reported rates can be ascribed to variations in skill/training and the availability and appropriate utilization of equipment and drugs. This review attempts to highlight these issues such that focused attention can be given to improve these factors in South Africa.

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