Determinants of morbidity and mortality following emergency abdominal surgery in children in low-income and middle-income countries

by GlobalSurg Collaborative
BMJ Global Health – Published 12 December 2016

13 pp. 1.8 MB

Child health is a key priority on the global health agenda, yet the provision of essential and emergency surgery in children is patchy in resource-poor regions. This study was aimed to determine the mortality risk for emergency abdominal paediatric surgery in low-income countries globally. The authors conclude that adjusted mortality in children following emergency abdominal surgery may be as high as 7 times greater in low Human Development Index (low-HDI) and middle-HDI countries compared with high-HDI countries. Effective provision of emergency essential surgery should be a key priority for global child health agendas.

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