Determining universal markers of quality in abdominal surgery: an international evaluation

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The complete results of GlobalSurg I will be available shortly when they are published in full. But in the mean time here’s a quick snapshot of our analyses!

is the most commonly performed operation worldwide

is the indication for surgery in a higher proportion of cases in middle and low human development index countries

is performed more frequently in lower income countries

About GlobalSurg 1

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.

View the GlobalSurg 1 results in a snapshot

Project Protocol & Training


Read the GlobalSurg I protocol by clicking on the image above.

Data Collection

Data entry for GlobalSurg I was performed using the REDCap data collection system. Learn more about REDCap by clicking the image above.

Training Module

Take the GlobalSurg I training module by clicking on the image above.

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