oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Infection control in theatre : refresher course

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Our primary role as anaesthesiologists is to give effective and safe anaesthetics. The anaesthetic mortality rates have decreased from approximately seven per 100 anaesthetics administered in the early part of the last century, to two deaths per 10 000 in the 1980s, to about one death per 200 000-300 000 today. A single anaesthetist would have to give anaesthetics for a very long time to make a difference either way.

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