This national audit aims to explore the impact of variability in management approach on short term patient outcomes in acute complicated diverticulitis. It will also provide landmark data on the national incidence, management strategies, short-term patient outcomes, stoma rates and the role of surgical and radiological intervention.
The aim of this audit was to ascertain adherence to international sepsis guidelines amongst acute general surgical admissions. 97 hospitals in five countries participated in this audit, with 5078 patients admitted as general surgical emergencies during the study period. In total 895 (17.6%) patients (141 male, median age 67.7 years) met the diagnostic criteria for sepsis with 282 (5.6%) presenting with severe sepsis. Adherence to the Sepsis Six Bundle was poor, with less than 1% of patients receiving all six interventions within an hour. Work to correlate adherence to the guidelines with patient outcomes is currently ongoing.
This was the first project from the National Surgical Research Collaborative. The topic chosen was simple, being accessible to trainees of all levels and taking place in every acute surgical unit – appendicectomy. The network collected data on over 3000 patients from 89 centres in the UK, and 6 from overseas. The data was high quality, with wide generalisability due to the multicentre nature. It has led to several publications, which have derived Pubmed citable authorship for collaborators.
Want to run a national project? Contact us