oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Announcement of the South African Surgical Outcomes Study (SASOS) : SASA congress abstracts

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



The recently published European Surgical Outcomes Study (EuSOS) was a collaborative study designed to assess outcomes following non-cardiac surgery across Europe. It showed that the mortality rate for patients undergoing inpatient non-cardiac surgery was higher than anticipated. This is because clinical outcomes following non-cardiac surgery had previously been poorly described at national level. There was evidence of heterogeneity between hospitals and healthcare systems which suggests that there is potential to improve the outcome for surgical patients. South African outcome data are particularly sparse following non-cardiac surgery. It is likely that non-cardiac surgery in South Africa is associated with a larger morbidity burden than that seen in Europe. Until such time as the public health morbidity burden associated with non-cardiac surgery in South Africa is understood, it will be impossible to appropriately prioritise interventions to improve patient outcomes.These points provide the rationale behind conducting a similar study to EuSOS in South Africa. This study will be known as the South African Surgical Outcomes Study (SASOS).

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