oa South African Medical Journal - ‘Getting out of the dark’ : implications of load shedding on healthcare in South Africa and strategies to enhance preparedness - editorial

Volume 109 Number 12
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Power failures and the lack of a robust contingency plan could prove catastrophic in any healthcare environment, with varied and farreaching consequences. In 2003, a 28% rise in both accidental and non-accidental deaths was recorded in the USA as a result of mass power outages.[1] For every day with a power outage lasting longer than 2 hours, hospital mortality has been estimated to increase by 43%.[2]

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