Protocol for Patients Above 75 Years Undergoing Emergency Laparotomy ((ProPEL))

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Updated on 28 February 2022
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In the ProPEL study the effect of a protocol designed for elderly patients about to undergo emergency abdominal surgery will be investigated. The protocol addresses issues of both frailty and ceiling-of -care decisions.


In the "ProPEL" study the investigators will introduce a patient protocol designed for patients above 75 years where emergency laparotomy or laparoscopy is indicated.

Patients with abdominal pathology requiring emergency surgery will be evaluated for frailty by the surgical team using standardized frailty scores.

The results from the scorings indicate whether the patient should be offered surgery or palliation. The clinical decision is made together with the patient and/or relatives in a shared-decision-making process.

If surgery is planned, the patient enters a specific care-bundle for emergency laparotomy. Mortality and morbidity will be analyzed in patients treated according to the principles of this bundle. The bundle will be applied to all patients above 75 years undergoing emergency laparotomy/laparoscopy with a Clinical Frailty Scale scoring from 1-6.

Essential elements in this care-bundle are frailty scoring, surveillance and Optimizing of patients, surgical treatment within pre-defined criteria, and monitoring for delirium postoperatively.

Condition Frailty, Surgery--Complications, Outcome, Fatal, Frail Elderly Syndrome, Post-Op Complication, Gastro-Intestinal Disorder
Treatment Protocol for patients above 75 undergoing emergency laparotomy or laparoscopy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04293653
SponsorHaukeland University Hospital
Last Modified on28 February 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Patients above 75 years with clinical suspicion of abdominal condition requiring surgery

Exclusion Criteria

Former inclusion in "ProPEL
Surgery for incarcerated hernia without laparotomy
Appendectomy without laparotomy
Palliative surgery for gastrointestinal tumour already known at time of inclusion
Palliation without surgical treatment
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