ImPACT Africa Pioneers Essential Data Collection Method

Perioperative mortality rate (POMR), or post-operation mortality, is a key global surgery indicator endorsed by the WHO, the Lancet, and the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anaesthesia Care. It is considered to be a reliable indicator of the quality and safety of surgical and anaesthesia care, and it is essential to know this data to improve care within health systems. Data regarding this metric, however, is rarely collected in low- and middle- income (LMIC) countries, which are in urgent need of healthcare systems strengthening.

In East Africa, researchers and partners have come together to form the Perioperative Mortality Rate data collection project to fill this information gap and build a model of data collection that can be easily replicated throughout other regions. 

The project, funded by GE Foundation, is lead by researchers at Kijabe Hospital-Department of Anesthesiology and Vanderbilt University Medical Center-Department of Anesthesiology under the umbrella project "ImPACT Africa".  A team of anaesthesiologists at Kijabe Hospital designed and implemented an electronic data collection tool to track postoperative mortality within their hospital. Anaesthesia providers were able to use this device to collect valuable perioperative data in almost real time and analyze information on the outcomes of various surgical procedures. 

These G4 member organizations are working together to improve safe surgery and anaesthesia in Africa. Currently, ImPACT Africa is involved in building a sustainable model for anaesthesia capacity-building (including strengthening clinical work, education, data collection) in East Africa, with plans to extend their model beyond the region. 

Read more about their work, the results of their data collection, and commentary on the significance of this achievement below!

The Full Study

Commentary by Isabeau A. Walker, B.Sc., M.B., B. Chir., F.R.C.A., Iain H. Wilson, M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.A.