The CLOSE Laparotomy Study

Closure with Small bites in Emergency Laparotomy

There are several accepted ways of closing emergency midline laparotomies. UK and European guidelines recommend using small bites technique for the closure of laparotomies, but in our experience this technique is not widely practiced. NOSTRA have therefore sought to find out the range of current practice within the Northern region, and to determine perceived limitations of the small bites technique.