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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

Abstract

BISHOP, D G; RODSETH, R N  and  DYER, R A. Recipes for obstetric spinal hypotension: The clinical context counts. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2016, vol.106, n.9, pp.861-864. ISSN 2078-5135.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/samj.2016.v106i9.10877.

Hypotension following obstetric spinal anaesthesia remains a common and important problem. While recent research advances have brought us closer to the perfect recipe for the obstetric spinal anaesthetic, these advances have not been translated into practical guidelines able to reduce the unacceptable number of fatalities that occur in environments where resources are limited. In South Africa, more than half of anaesthetic deaths are still related to spinal hypotension. A gap exists between the 'perfect recipe', developed from a clinical context rooted in resource-rich research environments, and its application and performance in real-world resource-poor environments - conditions experienced by more than 75% of the world's population. This review attempts to define this knowledge gap and proposes a research agenda to address the deficiencies.

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