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At our hospital 461 children were admitted for elective orthopaedic and reconstructivesurgery between January and December 2003; 90 of these (19.5%) were positive for malaria, and 37 (8%) had haemoglobin levels below 8 g/dL. The mean delay between admission and operation was five days for patients without anaemia or malaria, 7.17 days for patients with malaria,11.05 days for patients with anaemia and 13 days for patients with both anaemia and malaria.

Type

Journal

Tropical doctor

Publication Date

07/2007

Volume

37

Keywords

Humans, Malaria, Anemia, Hemoglobins, Orthopedic Procedures, Patient Admission, Reconstructive Surgical Procedures, Surgical Procedures, Elective, Prevalence, Seasons, Time Factors, Child, Hospitals, Medical Audit, Malawi, Female, Male