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Resources for emergency laparotomy vary widely across England and Wales

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3303
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A fifth of hospitals in England and Wales do not have a fully staffed operating theatre in which emergency abdominal surgery can be performed at all times, the first National Emergency Laparotomy Audit has shown.1

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership commissioned the clinical audit, which investigated the structures and processes in place for emergency abdominal surgery at 190 hospitals in England and Wales. Patient level data are due to …

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