[PDF] Commissioning guide: emergency general surgery (acute abdominal pain)

Royal College of Surgeons - RCS
Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS);Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI)
Publication date:
01 April 2014


Emergency general surgery (EGS), and specifically acute abdominal pain, represents a huge inpatient burden of heterogenous diagnoses. Historically, the care of this group of patients has been underfunded and overlooked and there has been resultant variability in the quality of care provided.

This RCS commissioning guide is provided to assist commissioners, clinicians and managers in delivering high quality and evidence-based surgical care in England. This guide focuses on emergency general surgery.