Integrated Emergency Laparotomy Multidisciplinary Team
Emergency major abdominal (laparotomy) surgery are commonly performed for patients with acute abdominal conditions. This surgery is potentially life-threatening procedure and patients that undergo these surgery have higher mortality of up to five times greater than high-risk elective surgery (gastrointestinal cancer surgery).
As a patient, when you are in the position of needing this kind of high-risk emergency surgery, you depend on multidisciplinary teams to work closely and effectively together to ensure that you are cared in the best possible manner. Therefore, the ESAT service has started a collaboration between the Emergency Department, General Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Anaesthesia, nurses and allied health professional to implement a transdisciplinary care team.
This integrated team provides a hassle-free care for patients presenting with acute abdominal conditions requiring emergency major abdominal (laparotomy) surgery. More than 50% of patients are elderly with age above 65 years old and they recover better with early involvement by geriatric physician (specialist in elderly). The support and seamless care kickstarts when the patient enters the emergency department, and continues all the way to when they are discharge to the community hospital or to home.
- Major abdominal surgery
- Geriatric assessment and management for patients above 65 years old
- Intensive care for critically ill patients
- Comprehensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation