What is ?
31% of our population are <15 years old
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 cannot apply data from high income countries to South Africa
Why is it important?
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.