DOI: 10.1093/bjs/znad258.372 ISSN:

1088 Acute Pancreatitis: ‘Treat the Cause’-in Compliance with NCEPOD Recommendations

S Seth, M El Boghdady, C Boven
  • Surgery



The objective of this study was to facilitate in identifying remediable factors in the quality of care provided to patients being treated for acute pancreatitis and assess compliance to the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) guidelines.


All emergency surgical admissions for patients aged 16 or older, diagnosed with acute pancreatitis at the period between August and October 2021 were included. A retrospective analysis in juxtaposition with 8 cardinal NCEPOD recommendations: management of co-morbidity & involvement of relevant specialists, adherence to antibiotic policies, assessment of risk of malnutrition, exclusion of gallstones in all index presentations, early surgical intervention, alcohol liaison support, further investigation - MRCP / ERCP and retrospective morbidity & mortality discussions. Each of the domains were scored based on adherence to the above standards, and subsequently coded as Red–Needing Urgent Attention, Amber–Scope for Improvement and Green–Satisfactory Compliance.


A total of 79 patients were included in this study. Compliance towards the recommendation of routine nutritional assessment of patients was found to be in the RED category, scoring 23.7%. Management of medical co-morbidity & inclusion of specialists, early surgical intervention and alcohol liaison support were all found to be in the AMBER category, scoring 44.8%, 28.0% and 57.1% respectively. The rest of the recommendations showed satisfactory levels of compliance.


Many patients did not receive adequate nutritional assessment. The RED and AMBER areas will need urgent attention. To minimise the risks of severe morbidity and mortality from acute pancreatitis, we envisage a better compliance to NCEPOD recommendations.

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