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Complication rates for paediatric tonsillectomy based on Scottish national data 2000-2018
  • Christy Moen,
  • Laura Downie,
  • Haytham Kubba
Christy Moen
Royal Hospital for Children

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Laura Downie
Public Health Scotland
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Haytham Kubba
Royal Hospital for Children
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It is important to give parents accurate information about complication rates as part of the process of informed consent for surgery.  National, routinely-collected data give an opportunity to estimate the rates of rare adverse events such as bleeding, blood transfusion and death.
We reviewed data for all Scottish NHS hospitals over the time period 2000-2018 to identify all children (aged 0-16 years) undergoing tonsillectomy, and to identify adverse events occurring within 30 days of the procedure.
Readmission to hospital was required in 2%.
Surgical arrest of haemorrhage was required in 1%.
Blood transfusion occurred in 0.1% and death occurred in one child out of 50,194.
07 Nov 2021Submitted to Clinical Otolaryngology
08 Nov 2021Submission Checks Completed
08 Nov 2021Assigned to Editor
16 Nov 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
06 Dec 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
12 Dec 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
14 Dec 20211st Revision Received
16 Dec 2021Assigned to Editor
16 Dec 2021Submission Checks Completed
06 Jan 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
14 Jan 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
23 Jan 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
27 Jan 20222nd Revision Received
30 Jan 2022Submission Checks Completed
30 Jan 2022Assigned to Editor
09 Feb 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
14 Feb 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
27 Feb 2022Editorial Decision: Accept
May 2022Published in Clinical Otolaryngology volume 47 issue 3 on pages 500-503. 10.1111/coa.13928