Nigerian Journal of Surgical Research

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Audit of day case surgery in LAUTECH teaching hospital, Osogbo, Nigeria

SO Fadiora, KS Oluwadiya, IK Kolawole, AOA Aderounmu, AS Oguntola, MO Adejumobi


Background/ method: A retrospective study of all patients operated as day-case at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital Osogbo over a period of 14 months (October 2000 to November 2001) was carried out.

Results: Seventy-six patients were operated as day-cases within the study period, but 74 case notes (97.4%) were available for analysis. There were 46 males (62.2%) and 28 females (37.8%), giving a male: female ratio of 1.6:1. the age ranged between 11 and 70 years (mean 27.26 ± 23.89 years). The commonest procedure performed was excisional biopsy, which constituted 40.5% of all procedures; followed by herniorrhaphy, which accounted for 28.4%. Pain was the commonest immediate postoperative problem. This responded to analgesics like dipyrone, pentazocine and paracetamol. There were minimal postoperative complications at home and mortality was zero. None of the patients came for admission after surgery.

Conclusion: We concluded that day-case surgery is feasible, safe and acceptable to our patients; other hospitals are encouraged to undertake day-case surgery service.

Nig J Surg Res 2003; 5: 43 – 49)

Key words: Day case surgery, audit
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