Anaesthesia-related surgical mortality

Authors

  • J. N. LUNN,

    1. J.N. Limn, MD, FFARCS, Reader in Anaesthetics, Welsh National School of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XN. A.R. Hunter, MD, FFARCS, Emeritus Professor of Anaesthetics, University of Manchester, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester MI3 9WL, D.B. Scott, MD, FFARCS. Senior Lecturer. Department of Anaesthetics, Royal Infirmary. Edinburgh EH3 9YW.
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  • A. R. HUNTER,

    1. J.N. Limn, MD, FFARCS, Reader in Anaesthetics, Welsh National School of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XN. A.R. Hunter, MD, FFARCS, Emeritus Professor of Anaesthetics, University of Manchester, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester MI3 9WL, D.B. Scott, MD, FFARCS. Senior Lecturer. Department of Anaesthetics, Royal Infirmary. Edinburgh EH3 9YW.
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  • D. B. SCOTT

    1. J.N. Limn, MD, FFARCS, Reader in Anaesthetics, Welsh National School of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XN. A.R. Hunter, MD, FFARCS, Emeritus Professor of Anaesthetics, University of Manchester, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester MI3 9WL, D.B. Scott, MD, FFARCS. Senior Lecturer. Department of Anaesthetics, Royal Infirmary. Edinburgh EH3 9YW.
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Summary

This is the report of the second of two studies conducted by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland based on anonymous reports of deaths within 6 days of anaesthesia. One hundred and ninety-seven detailed reports were received during 1981; 43% were found by assessors to have nothing to do with anaesthesia, 41% to be partly due to, and 16% totally due to anaesthesia. These figures confirm earlier results reported by the same system. It is important to have the opinion of the two clinicians (anaesthetist and surgeon) separately and not to ignore either in a study which attempts to identify aspects of clinical medicine which might be improved.

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