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.  The first event will take place on 29 January in central London. Find out more about this event and register now.

For more information, please contact Improvement Advisor, Rebecca Dubben