Caesarean Section - Adaptation

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Term: 2012
Published: August 7, 2012
Revised: June 9, 2015

A Caesarean section, also known as C-section, is a surgical procedure in which incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies. It is usually performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby's or mother's life or health at risk, although in recent times it has been also performed upon request for childbirths that could otherwise have been natural. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the rate of Caesarean sections should not exceed 15% in any country. This programme includes narrated surgical video of the procedure as well as interactive case exercises and a brief self-assessment.

Authors: Lia Tadesse, Cary Engleberg, Richard Adanu

Institutions: St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College, University of Michigan, University of Ghana

Adaptation of: Caesarean Section, University of Ghana and University of Michigan. This module contains the same surgical video and many of the same self-assessment questions as the original version. The adaptation is narrated by an Ethiopian physician with additional questions for her students in Addis Ababa, noting the similarities and differences in how the procedure is performed in Ghana. 

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