DELAYS IN DIAGNOSIS OF ANORECTAL MALFORMATIONS : A GLOBAL PROBLEM. CAN WE REDUCE THESE DELAYS IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY ?

Saveshree Govender, Prof GP Hadley

Abstract


1. To describe the frequency of delayed diagnosis and delayed referral.

 

 

2. To describe the morbidities and mortalities directly related to a delay in the diagnosis of

 

ARM / a delay in referral of the patient to an appropriate health care facility.

 

A delay defined as a diagnosis or a referral after 24hrs.

 

 

3. To determine whether the place of birth and level of staffing at the healthcare facility has an

 

impact on the timing of diagnosis.

 

 

4. To propose ways to reduce a delay in diagnosis or transfer of patients with ARM.