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Patients undergoing emergency laparotomy have a poor outcome. The clinical pathway is complex with patients presenting with a range of symptoms, due to a range of differing pathologies, and not all will ultimately require surgery. The pathway potentially involves surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, physicians and radiologists.

The aim of this Network is to improve care provided to this group of patients by bringing together clinicians from the relevant specialities. It is open to anyone who is involved in their care.

We have close ties with Age Anaesthesia Association: http://www.ageanaesthesia.com/

We need to recruit interested clinicians in all NHS Trusts where these patients receive treatment in order to drive forward improvements in care. Initial work would involve baseline audit activity to help clarify the magnitude of the problem.

The network is led by a steering group consisting of

Dr Simon Varley: Chair (Manchester)

Dr David Saunders: Secretary (Newcastle)

Dr Carol Peden: Quality Improvement Lead (Bath)

Mr Iain Anderson: Surgical Advisor (Salford)

Dr Dave Murray (Middlesbrough)

Dr Adam Pichel (Manchester)

If you are interested, or for any additional information please contact David Saunders.