More people than ever before are surviving emergency surgery on the abdomen at Medway Maritime Hospital.
A dedicated multidisciplinary team have successfully reduced the mortality rate for patients who require emergency laparotomy surgery for severe abdominal pain to eight per cent, which is better than the national average of ten per cent.
Emergency laparotomy is performed for several reasons including bowel obstruction, bowel perforation, and bleeding in the abdominal cavity - all life-threatening conditions if left untreated.
Staff at Medway Maritime Hospital have worked tirelessly to develop a robust system that provides early identification of a patient’s symptoms and rapid access to the emergency operating theatre, where consultant surgical and anaesthetic care is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Medway Hospital has since been chosen as a case study site by the Health Foundation to demonstrate the improvements that the team have delivered by being part of the nationally organised Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative, a task force that aims to improve the quality of care for patients requiring this surgery.
Neil Kukreja, Clinical Director for the Emergency Surgical Services Programme said: “This is a major step forward for our hospital and it means our patients have the benefit of a service that is performing well above the national average. The team that has developed and implemented this system deserves much credit for what they have done for Medway’s patients who need this emergency surgical procedure.”
“While this particular procedure will always come with a certain degree of risks for patients, it’s essential that we continually look to mitigate and eliminate those risks by introducing the right balance of measures to treat patients before, during and after surgery.
“The fact that we’ve significantly improved our performance, and are now below the national average mortality rate, gives us a strong platform to build on for the future.”