The first cohort study reports data from patients undergoing emergency abdominal surgery across the world.
10,745 patients from 357 centres across 58 countries.
Around half are from high (n=6538, 60.8%) and half from low/middle (n=4207, 39.2%) human development index (HDI) settings. We are limited in what findings we can release prior to formal publication. But here are some of the areas we have looked at.
- Appendicectomy is the most commonly performed operation across all countries (HDI: high 38.1%, middle 52.8%, low 38.2%)
- Trauma is the indication for surgery in a higher proportion of cases in middle and low HDI countries (10.0% and 12.1% respectively) than in HDI countries (2.2%).
- Use of midline laparotomy increased across development indices (high 27.3%, middle 29.0%, low 41.4%).