The First Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA)

Reports | Published: 01 Oct 2015

The National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) was established to describe and compare inpatient care and outcomes of patients undergoing emergency bowel surgery in England and Wales in order to promote quality improvement.

This is the first report from the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) which publishes information about the care given to patients having emergency bowel surgery. The Organisational Audit published in May 2014 highlighted variation in the facilities available at hospitals that perform this surgery. This publication gives data from over 20,000 patients and allows hospitals to see whether they are meeting the published quality standards.

This report describes how well hospitals are providing care, and provides each hospital with an individual breakdown of performance against published standards. This allows the best performing hospitals to be identified in order that good practice can be disseminated. It also allows hospitals to see areas in which they can bring about improvement through local Quality Improvement initiatives.

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The First Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA)