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Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative

The Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative (ELC) is a two-year quality improvement project between three Academic Health Science Networks (West of England, Kent Surrey & Sussex and Wessex).

Our aim is to improve standards of care and outcomes for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy.

The ELC has grown from the successful Emergency Laparotomy Pathway Quality Improvement Care bundle project (ELPQuiC) carried out three years ago in four hospitals in the South of England. Over an eight-month period, crude 30-day mortality was reduced by 25% and P-POSSUM risk adjusted 30-day mortality by 42%.

All six acute trusts in the West of England have adopted this evidence-based practice as part of the collaborative pathway.

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Get involved

We are always looking for individuals or organisations to get involved in the work we do, and would be especially keen to hear from clinicians and Patient representatives in the West of England. If you are in the West of England and wish to get involved or to find out more about our Emergency Laparotomy work then please contact Kevin.

For more information on the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative and to contact the central team, please visit the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative website.

Learning and sharing

You’ll find a wide range of presentations and other resource materials on the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative website.

Previous events

Useful resources