Children in low income countries at higher risk of death post emergency surgery

Children from poor countries were 7 times more likely to die after emergency abdominal surgery to treat conditions such as appendicitis, suggests a study published online in the journal BMJ Global Health. Children from middle income countries were around 4 times as likely to die within 30 days. Children from poor countries were much less likely to have undergone keyhole surgery, half as likely to have been operated on by surgeons who used the WHO surgical safety checklist and more likely to have had internal bleeding.