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17 July, 2008

Health News-10: "Millions die of Preventable Surgical Injuries Every Year! - Kounteya Sinha/TNN"

More than seven million people across the globe suffer from preventable surgical injuries every year, a million of them even dying during or immediately after the surgery, a World Health Organisation study has said.

The UN body has for the first time quantified the number of surgeries taking place every year globally – 234 million! It said surgeries had become common, with one in every 25 people undergoing it at any given time. ..WHO said that safety of patients during surgery had emerged as a substantial public health concern.

According to it, China conducted the highest number of surgeries followed by Russia and India.

In developing countries, the death rate was nearly 10% for a major surgery.

Mortality from general anesthesia affected in one in 150 patients.

Dr.Sudhir Cecil Joseph of St Stephen’s Hospital, who is conducting the study in India, told Times of India that any surgery – no matter how minor – could be life threatening.

“Cases of surgeries being done on the wrong patient, on the wrong part of the body and surgical equipment being left behind are very common in India……” he said.

Courtesy: The Times of India, Chennai, June 27, 2008.

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Grateful thanks to Mr Kounteya Sinha and The Times of India.

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