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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-15

Attitude of Nigerian surgeons to intraoperative deaths

Department of Surgery, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria

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P E Iribhogbe
Department of Surgery, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City
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Objectives: To assess the attitude of Nigerian surgeons to intra operative deaths. Method: A scenario based questionnaire on the subject was distributed to 100 participants at a National meeting of surgeons in Benin City in 2004. Results: Sixty-three questionnaires were returned (Response rate of 63%). One questionnaire was disregarded having been completed by a histopathologist. Respondents included 50 consultant surgeons, 2 consultant anaesthetists, 8 senior registrars and 2 registrars from surgery. 21 (33.9%) respondents opined that the rest of the list be cancelled following an intra operative death while 41 (66.1%) felt the list should continue. Of the 62 respondents 31 (50%) had experienced death of a patient on elective list. Forty four (71%) respondents felt that the surgeons and anaesthetists involved in the intra operative death of a patient would benefit from psychotherapy. Conclusion: This study revealed that surgeons of varied subspecialty interests would want the rest of the elective list to continue following the intra operative death of a patient but that some form of psychotherapy is given to the surgeons and anaesthetists involved.

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