Peri-operative mortality in the anaesthetic service at Tygerberg Hospital
CITATION: Coetzee, A. & Du Toit, H. 1992. Peri-operative mortality in the anaesthetic service at Tygerberg Hospital. South African Medical Journal, 82:176-178.
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This study reports on the process of peer review of peri-operative mortality at Tygerberg Hospital. The peri-operative mortality rate for the past 3,5 years was 11,9/10000. The departmental evaluation committee thought that 3,4/10000 of these deaths were anaesthetic-related. In 2,3/10000, the anaesthetic contributed to the death of the patient and in 10 cases (total case load = 94945; i.e. 1,1/10000) anaesthesia was responsible for the death of the patient. The majority of the peri-operative deaths (8,5/10 000) were caused by a combination of trauma and haemorrhagic shock.