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Emergency laparotomy is one of six index operations for which all higher general surgery trainees (HST) are required to demonstrate both a minimum indicative number and competence level, prior to the award of a certificate of completion of training. It is a high-risk procedure associated with significant morbidity and mortality and has been subject to several contemporary, high profile national initiatives not least the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA),1 aimed at improving the quality of care for patients. Compounded by out of hours presentations and the high risks associated with the procedure, training opportunities for emergency …
Contributors CB: concept, write-up and submission. DR: concept, write-up. TA, RE, JP: training faculty. SG, NW: design and materials. WL: final review.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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