The GlobalSurg project is continuing to be a great experience.
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%).