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Table 3 Characteristics of women referred from health centres to Salima District Hospital

From: Criteria-based audit to improve a district referral system in Malawi: A pilot study

Standards Initial audit (n = 60) Re-audit (n = 62) p-value
Mean age in years (Standard Deviation) 25(6) 24(6) 0.205
Median parity (range) 3(1–10) 3(1–9) 0.156
Indications for referral    
   Prolonged/obstructed labour (%) 60.0 58.1 0.927
   Obstetric haemorrhage (%) 13.3 11.3 0.686
   Puerperal sepsis (%) 8.3 6.5 0.616
   Preeclampsia/eclampsia (%) 6.7 11.3 0.444
   Complications of abortion (%) 10.0 6.5 0.425
   Retained placenta (%) 1.7 3.2 0.808
Delivery by Caesarean section (%) 31.7 35.5 0.635
Perinatal mortality (%) 8.3 4.8 0.380
Case fatality rate (%) 5.0 3.2 0.521