Alex

Alex

Principal Investigator Steering Committee SAPSOS Study

  • Head Clinical Unit (Trauma and Orthopaedic Anaesthesia)
  • Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital
  • Perioperative Research Group
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer
  • Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care
  • Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Contact: 083 3850217
Dr Larissa Cronje

Dr Larissa Cronje

Co-Lead Investigator & Steering Committee SAPSOS Study

  • Head Clinical Unit, Anaesthesia
  • King Edward VIII Hospital
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer
  • Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care
  • Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Contact: 083 269 8866
Emeritus Professor Jenny Thomas

Emeritus Professor Jenny Thomas

Jenny Thomas is a paediatric anaesthetist. She has a science degree, a teaching diploma, a medical degree, and has specialised in anaesthesia. For the past 25 years, she has worked as a paediatric anaesthetist at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCWMCH) in Cape Town, South Africa. Her interest and areas of expertise in paediatric anaesthesia include acute and chronic pain, burns, separation of conjoined twins, neonatal anaesthesia, difficult airway management, cardiac anaesthesia and, especially, safety and crisis management in paediatric anaesthesia. Her teaching training prior to doing medicine has afforded her a platform of combining all three passions: teaching, anaesthesia and paediatrics. She has published extensively, presented at many congresses of a variety of specialties (anaesthesia, paediatric surgery, paediatrics, burns, pain, palliative care), and is a co-founder of the Paediatric Anaesthesia Congress of South Africa. Although recently retired, she retains a position as a part-time paediatric anaesthetist at RCWMCH.

What is ?

31% of our population are <15 years old

31 percent of SA population under 15

Anaesthetic mortality

World map marked with poor and rich countries

Anaesthetic mortality is approximately 2 - 3 times higher in middle income countries and 100 times higher in low incomce countries when compared to high income countries

There are few data on peri-operative paediatric morbidity and mortality in South Africa

We have few data on paediatric morbidity and mortality

We cannot apply data from high income countries to South Africa

Why is it important?

PACSA

One of the main goals of PACSA is to improve safety and quality of paediatric anaesthesia in South Africa. We will be able to develop evidence based guidelines to improve outcomes for paediatric patients.

Paediatric Outcomes Study is one of 10 top peri-operative research priorities in SA

10 Perio-operative Research Priorities

South African PAEDIATRIC Surgical Outcomes Study

14 day observational study of peri-operative morbidity and mortality in paediatric patients <16