A study of infant deaths in a Regional Hospital in Saudi Arabia.
To determine the causes of infant mortalities occuring in a regional hospital with a view of documenting the specific causes of deaths as well as their prevention.
North-West Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Material and methods
Restrospective analysis of all death review reports of infants (0-1 year), over a defined four year period from I st of March 1991 to 28th Feb. 1995.
There were 180 infant deaths, 118 (65.6%) occured in the neonatal period (1st 28 days of life), and 62 (34.4% in the post-neonatal period (28 days - one year).
Three main causes of death were identified : perinatal causes, genetic disorders and infection.
We considered 44% of our infant deaths as preventable.
The varieties of inhereted disorders makes an imperative need for national screening programme.
There is a need to regionalize perinatal care for at - risk pregnacies.
Better access to tertiary health centers is a requisite.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mortalité, Nourrisson, Homme, Etiologie, Arabie Saoudite, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mortality, Infant, Human, Etiology, Saudi Arabia, Asia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0264987
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 11/09/1998.