Risky Operations

In Africa, the risk of dying from scheduled surgery is more than double the global average, reports a new study in The Lancet—considered a deep dive into a little-studied issue.

The study implicates the post-op phase, noting that nearly 1 in 5 people going under the knife in Africa developed complications—although more than 4 out of every 5 patients entered the operating room as relatively young, strong (read: low-risk) candidates.

95% of the deaths occurred post-op, and could have been prevented, said lead researcher Bruce Biccard, a professor at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Most of the complications involved infections; nearly 10% of those patients died.

Agence France Presse

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