Surgical Care at the District Hospital

Author: WHO

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Many patients who present to district (first-referral) level hospitals require surgical treatment for trauma, obstetric, abdominal and orthopedic emergencies. Often surgery cannot be safely postponed to allow their transfer to a secondary or tertiary-level hospital, but many district hospitals in developing countries have no specialist surgical teams and are staffed by medical, nursing and paramedical personnel who perform a wide range of surgical procedures, often with inadequate training. The quality of surgical and acute care is often further constrained by poor facilities, inadequate low-technology apparatus and limited supplies of drugs, materials and other essentials. WHO/BCT has identified education and training as a particul

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