Background: Perioperative mortality rate is regarded as a credible quality and safety indicator of perioperative care, but its documentation in low- and middle-income countries is poor. We developed and tested an electronic, provider report-driven method in an East African country.
Methods: We deployed a data collection tool in a Kenyan tertiary referral hospital that collects case-specific perioperative data, with asynchronous automatic transmission to central servers. Cases not captured by the tool (nonobserved) were collected manually for the last two quarters of the data collection period. We created logistic regression models to analyze the impact of procedure type on mortality.
Results: Between January 2014 and September 2015, 8,419 cases out of 11,875 were captured. Quarterly data capture rates ranged from 423 (26%) to 1,663 (93%) in the last quarter. There were 93 deaths (1.53%) reported at 7 days. Compared with four deaths (0.53%) in cesarean delivery, general surgery (n = 42 [3.65%]; odds ratio = 15.80 [95% CI, 5.20 to 48.10]; P < 0.001), neurosurgery (n = 19 [2.41%]; odds ratio = 14.08 [95% CI, 4.12 to 48.10]; P < 0.001), and emergency surgery (n = 25 [3.63%]; odds ratio = 4.40 [95% CI, 2.46 to 7.86]; P < 0.001) carried higher risks of mortality. The nonobserved group did not differ from electronically captured cases in 7-day mortality (n = 1 [0.23%] vs. n = 16 [0.58%]; odds ratio =3.95 [95% CI, 0.41 to 38.20]; P = 0.24).
Conclusions: We created a simple solution for high-volume, prospective electronic collection of perioperative data in a lower- to middle-income setting. We successfully used the tool to collect a large repository of cases from a single center in Kenya and observed mortality rate differences between surgery types.