Death on the table – anaesthetic registrars’ experiences with perioperative deaths

Sandhya Jithoo, Alexandra Torborg, Ted Sommerville


This study aims to examine the experiences of anaesthetic registrars belonging to the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal following the perioperative death of a patient. It will be a qualitative study based on semi-structured interviews with 4th year registrars. It will focus on the impact of such experiences on the registrar, the effects on registrars’ subsequent professional functioning, and supportive measures that they may require following such an incident.