National Emergency Laparotomy Audit – Sixth Patient Report

Reports | Published: 12 Nov 2020

This report is the sixth report of NELA and covers the care received by NHS patients in England and Wales who underwent an emergency laparotomy between 1 December 2018 and 30 November 2019.

This is the first year of reporting NELA data since the introduction of an emergency laparotomy Best Practice Tariff (BPT) in England. The BPT focussed on two key standards of care: consultant anaesthetist and surgeon presence intraoperatively and direct admission to critical care for high-risk patients after their operation. As the tariff applies to only high-risk patients, assessment of risk was a key process for most sites working to improve their eligibility for the tariff. All Trusts were required to introduce an emergency laparotomy pathway as a precursor to access the BPT.

This reporting period did not include the COVID-19 pandemic, this data will appear in a subsequent report.

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National Emergency Laparotomy Audit – Sixth Patient Report