Working towards safer surgery in Africa; a survey of utilization of the WHO safe surgical checklist at the main referral hospitals in East Africa.

Published on Dec 1, 2015in BMC Anesthesiology2.217
· DOI :10.1186/S12871-016-0228-8
Isabella Epiu4
Estimated H-index: 4
(MUK: Makerere University),
Jossy Verel Bahe Tindimwebwa3
Estimated H-index: 3
(MUK: Makerere University)
+ 5 AuthorsT Chokwe7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UoN: University of Nairobi)
Background Mortality from anaesthesia and surgery in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa remain at levels last seen in high-income countries 70 years ago. With many factors contributing to these poor outcomes, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the “Safe Surgery Saves Lives” campaign in 2007. This program included the design and implementation of the “Surgical Safety Checklist”, incorporating ten essential objectives for safe surgery. We set out to determine the knowledge of and attitudes towards the use of the WHO checklist for surgical patients in national referral hospitals in East Africa.
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