Branday, Joseph M.; Crandon, Ivor W.; Carpenter, Reginald A.; Rhoden, Ann Marie; Meeks-Aitken, Nicola
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
The challenge of designing a database for auditing surgical in-patients
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Surgical audit is imperative in modern practice, particularly in the developing world where resources are limited and efficient allocation important. The structure, process and outcome of surgical care can be determined for quality assurance or for research. Improved efficiency and reduction of morbidity and mortality are additional goals which may be accomplished. However, computerization, medical staff cooperation and the availability of dedicated staff are among the hurdles which may be encountered. We report the challenge of designing and establishing a database for auditing surgical inpatients in a developing country and the difficulties which were encountered.....