GlobalSurg I aimed to identify variation in outcome of emergency intra-abdominal surgery across international settings in order to determine whether globally relevant quality improvement strategies are needed within acute surgical units.
The study ran from July to November 2014. Contributors collected data on consecutive patients undergoing emergency intra-peritoneal surgery (excluding Caesarean section) over a two-week period in their local centres.
Patients were reviewed 24-hours post-surgery to determine whether they are dead or alive and any in-hospital complications by 30-days were determined. 30 datapoints per patient were collected and submitted to the study via a secure online website.