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Keywords : Emergency laparotomy, Perioperative care, Perioperative mortality, Quality improvement
Citation Information : Emergency Laparotomies: Causes, Pathophysiology, and Outcomes. Indian J Crit Care Med 2020; 24 (S4):S183-S189.
License: CC BY-NC 4.0
Published Online: 21-01-2021
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).
Emergency laparotomies have remained a challenging entity since many decades. Only during the past 10 years, serious efforts have been made to improve their outcome by conducting audits and designing care pathways. Indications for emergency laparotomies can be broadly classified into trauma and non-trauma surgeries, which are either done for control of hemorrhage or/and done for control of sepsis and organ dysfunction. Goal-directed resuscitation for septic/hemorrhagic shock, consultant-led multidisciplinary teams, and timely transfer to intensive care units form core principles of management for these patients. Global inequity in access to standard and affordable emergency surgeries is an area of concern requiring integrated efforts at international level.