oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - An audit of the use of regional anaesthesia for caesarean section in the Free State : from 2002 to 2004 : original research



Regional anaesthesia (RA) is associated with a lower mortality than general anaesthesia (GA) for obstetric anaesthesia. Accordingly, the Saving Mothers Report 1999-2001 proposed that 75% of Caesarean section (CS) should be performed under RA. An initial audit found that in the Free State, 71% of CS's were performed under RA in 2002. Various educational interventions promoting the use of RA for CS were then instituted and the audit repeated for 2004, to determine whether there had been any change in the use of RA for CS's from 2002 to 2004 and the 75% target achieved.


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