Surgery twice as dan­ger­ous in Africa

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

8 Pa­tients un­der­go­ing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die fol­low­ing an op­er­a­tion than the global av­er­age, de­spite gen­er­ally be­ing younger and health­ier, and the surgery they are un­der­go­ing be­ing more mi­nor, re­search has re­vealed.

The study, pub­lished in the Lancet, re­vealed that just over 18% of in-pa­tients de­vel­oped com­pli­ca­tions, while 1% of elec­tive in-pa­tients died in hospi­tal within 30 days of their op­er­a­tion – twice the global av­er­age. “It is likely that many of th­ese deaths were pre­ventable,” the au­thors note.

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