Table 4

An international comparison of the demographics, physiology and outcome of DCS laparotomy

Rotondo et al 2 (n=24)Johnson et al 4 (n=21)Kisat et al 5 (n=47)Present study (n=99)
CountryUSAUSAPakistanSouth Africa
Age (years)30.625.633 (±15)33.6 (±12.3)
Gender, M/F23/121/043/484/15
Penetrating mechanism (%)24 (100)21 (100)32 (68)71 (72)
SBP108 (±25)122 (±24)81 (±32)110 (±24)
pH7.20 (±0.18)7.18 (±0.15)7.06 (±0.6)7.28 (±0.15)
Survival (%)14 (58)19 (90)26 (55)67 (68)
  • ± denotes SD.

  • DCS, damage control surgery; SBP, systolic BP.