Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative

Improving standards of care for patients

Emergency laparotomy is a major surgical procedure of the abdomen, with 30,000 to 50,000 performed every year in the UK. However, around 15% of patients are reported to die within 30 days of surgery. Over 25% of patients remain in hospital for more than 20 days after surgery, costing the NHS over £200m a year.

The Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative aims to improve standards of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy surgery, reduce mortality rates, complications and hospital length of stay by encouraging a culture of collaboration and embedding quality improvement skills.

Surgical teams – including surgeons, anaesthetists, radiologists and nurses – from the 17 hospitals in our partnership that perform these procedures are invited to join the Collaborative, which will provide the opportunity to:

The Collaborative will run from January 2019 – March 2020.

For more information, please contact Improvement Advisor, Rebecca Dubben