More People Die After Surgery Than by HIV, TB, and Malaria Combined

Around the World, 4.2 million people die every year within 30 days of surgery, with half of these deaths occurring in low to middle-income countries, a study from the University of Birmingham has found.

Dr Dmitri Nepogodiev, a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham has stated: “Surgery has been the 'neglected stepchild' of global health and has received a fraction of the investment put into treating infectious diseases such as malaria.” He added, “Although not all postoperative deaths are avoidable, many can be prevented by increasing investment in research, staff training, equipment, and better hospital facilities. To avoid millions of people dying after surgery, the planned expansion of access to surgery must be complemented by investment into improving the quality of surgery around the world.”

At present, it is estimated that 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe and affordable surgery when they need it the most. As a result, over 30 million individuals around the World face ‘catastrophic’ healthcare expenditure due to payment for surgery and anaesthesia each year. Moreover, there is a need for an additional 140 million surgical procedures annually in low to middle-income countries (Lancet Commission).

The biggest issue with this statistic is that investment in these services is affordable for Governments, which not only saves lives but promotes economic growth. Low and middle-income countries can lose up to 2% of annual GDP growth by 2030 if they keep avoiding surgical procedures as a vital component to their health systems (Lancet Commission). The need for surgical procedures to be recognised as a critical component in a functioning and sustainable health care model is so important to the modern society we live in. This is an issue the Surgery Convention plans to combat, raising awareness of the importance surgeons and surgical teams in modern, sustainable healthcare systems.

The Surgical Foundation, the charitable arm of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, is just one example of an organisation that is helping to advance surgical standards and improve patient outcomes for people both domestically and in low to medium-income countries. They provide education and training to surgeons in countries where learning opportunities are at a premium. Between 2012-2017, the Surgical Foundation trained 141 trainers, 260 surgical trainees, and 382 theatre nurses, across 42 courses in sub-Saharan Africa. The Foundation’s influence has grown so strong in this area that it is a statutory requirement to complete their Basic Surgical Skills Course.

You can discover the latest technology and techniques for surgeons and their surgical teams at the Surgery Convention at the NEC, Birmingham on the 17th and 18th March 2020. Across the 100 cutting edge exhibitors and the 60 CPD accredited seminars, surgeons, procurement managers, and hospital directors will find the information, techniques, technologies, and services they need to ensure the delivery of perfect procedures for every patient.

Tickets for the Surgery Convention are free, so register for your ticket at the top of the page.

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