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SA Orthopaedic Journal

versão On-line ISSN 2309-8309
versão impressa ISSN 1681-150X


PILLAY, J  e  RAMOKGOPA, MT. The spectrum of orthopaedics at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.2, pp.28-31. ISSN 2309-8309.

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH) is the third largest hospital in the world and is the largest in the Southern hemisphere, serving a population of more than 3.5 million people.1 The purpose of this review is to identify the orthopaedic-related health events that occur within the population being serviced by the hospital, and in doing so provide a tool to be used for improving orthopaedic-related patient care and outcomes in public health services.2 We also took special interest in the data collected during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. METHOD: A retrospective review for the period from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010 was conducted. This included all orthopaedic admissions, theatre cases performed and outpatient assessments.3,4 RESULTS: For the period of the review there were 4 102 orthopaedic admissions from the emergency unit. Theatre records show that 5 832 orthopaedic theatre cases were performed. This comprised more than 75 different types of operative procedures. An average of 780 patients were assessed at the orthopaedic outpatient clinic every week, with a total of 40 516 patients seen in 2010. An evaluation of the statistics over the time period shows no significant differences between 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and other months of the year regarding the orthopaedic spectrum.

Palavras-chave : CHB; orthopaedic audit; Soccer World Cup; emergency admissions; 2010.

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