Tracking perioperative mortality and maternal mortality: challenges and opportunities

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Lancet Global Health
The Lancet Global Health is The Lancet's first gold open-access title and focuses on original research, commentary, correspondence and blogs on topics including maternal and child health, infectious and noncommunicable diseases, mental health, and more. The Editor is Zoë Mullan.

Access to surgery remains inequitable worldwide, with 5 billion people lacking safe and affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed.1 The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was convened in 2013 to assess the state of surgery around the world, provide recommendations for improving access, and propose indicators for assessing national surgical systems. A key safety indicator is the perioperative mortality rate (POMR). This is defined by the Commission as the number of all-cause deaths before discharge in patients who have undergone a procedure in an operating theatre, divided by the total number of procedures, and presented as a percentage.

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[Comment] Tracking perioperative mortality and maternal mortality: challenges and opportunities