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Dr. Ravi Pratap Singh
Dr. Ashok Kumar Chopda
Dr. Atul Kumar Khare
Dr. Tanuj Ahirwar


SURGICAL ABDOMINAL SEPSIS (SABS), SICU emergency laparotomy, perforation peritonitis


Introduction- Sepsis is defined as life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. It’s the primary cause of death from infection, especially if not recognized and treated promptly. It’s a syndrome caused by pathogen factors and host factors with characteristics that evolve over time. What      differentiates sepsis from infection is an aberrant or dysregulated host response and the presence of organ dysfunction. The clinical and biological phenotype of sepsis can however be modified by preexisting acute illness, long-standing co- morbidities, medication, and interventions.


Methods and materials- This is a prospective cohort study done in tertiary care center in central India ‘‘‘‘ ” was conducted in Department of Surgery in people’s college of medical science and research Centre, Bhopal for two-year study  in 50 patients, Surgical Abdominal Sepsis admitted in Surgical intensive care unit (SICU) during study period, for two years periods. Inclusion criteria –All patients belonging to ≥16 years of age who were admitted in SICU, as a result of perforation peritonitis, requiring exploratory laparotomy, Patients willing to participate in the study after written informed consent.  Exclusion criteria- Age < 16 years, Sepsis secondary to trauma, Laparotomies for non-septic indications. After obtaining Ethical clearance from Institute’s Ethical Committee, all the patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria were enrolled in the study. Written consent was obtained from all the study participants. The participants were divided in two groups i.e. survivors and non survivors based on their outcome.


Results- -Mean age of patients in present study was 36±16.14 years. In present study, 42 (84%) out of 50 patients were males while 8 (16%) were females.  All 5 patients who died were males. Most common etiology of SABS was small intestine perforation (36%) followed by gastric perforation (26%). Mean Apache score was maximum in intra-abdominal abscess (105) followed by ischemia (57) and gastric perforation and was minimum in large intestine perforation (29.3). Mean of MAP of 45 patients in survivor group was 82.55 mm Hg while the same in non-survivors was 75 mm Hg. Mechanical ventilation was used in total of 3 patients, out of which 1 survived and 2 patients succumbed to death. The association of mechanical ventilation usage with mortality (chi square test) amongst survivors and non survivors was found to be statistically significant (p=0.0008). Deranged Sodium was seen in 11 out of 45 survivors (24.4%) and 2 out of 5(40%) non survivors. The survivors had a mean urine output of 1020 ml and non-survivors had a mean urine output of 350 ml. In case of serum creatinine, mean of survivor group was 0.98 while in non-survivors is 1.74. Mean albumin in survivor group was 3.09 mg/dl and in non-survivors was 1.94. In present study, 12 patients had APS score less than 30 with no mortality. 1 out of 31 patients in 30-60 score range died while 4 out of 7 died in case of score > 60. The mean observed length of stay of all patients was 6.65 days against an expected LOS (length of stay) of 4.6 days. Overall O:E Ratio was 1.44 against O:E of 1.21 in non-survivors with observed and expected LOS of 10.2 and 8.42 days. The difference was statistically significant with p value = 0.02.


Conclusion- From this study we concluded that, results in terms of Length of stay are not accurate and a further workup on the same  is required. Although, the results may be improved after removing the limitation of the study which is small sample size.

Hence, a larger study with greater sample size and if possible, involvement of multiple centers is recommended which could help in reaching some conclusive and milestone results.

From this study we evaluate mortality  of ICU patients  with perforation peritonitis patients, requiring emergency laparotomy, which is essential for all healthcare workers. 

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