Acute Abdomen Workshop

At this page you will find all you need to be well-prepared for the Acute Abdomen workshop at EMSS17.
We strongly encourage you to review the course material before arriving at EMSS17.


- Acute Abdomen background reading: Document with background reading for the workshop. This document introduces you to the assessment of the patient with acute abdominal pain and the most common causes of acute abdomen and their treatment.

- OPQRST pocket guide: Pocket guide of the OPQRST approach for the assessment of pain (all types of pain, not limited to abdominal).

- Preparing For Surgery pocket guide: Pocket guide listing important points to consider when preparing a patient with acute abdomen for emergency surgery.

- Physical examination of the abdomen (video): Video demonstrating how to perform an abdominal examination.

Please note: All pocket-guides can be downloaded. At EMSS17 you will receive a printed copy of the pocket-guides as well.

Acute Abdomen background reading:
This document contains the necessary background knowledge for the workshop. Please read prior to EMSS17.
DOWNLOAD EMSS17 – Acute Abdomen – Background reading (pdf)

OPQRST approach pocket guide (click to enlarge – download link below):
EMSS17 - Acute Abdomen - OPQRST Algorithm

DOWNLOAD EMSS17 – Acute Abdomen – OPQRST Algorithm (pdf)

Preparing For Surgery pocket guide (click to enlarge – download link below):

EMSS17 - Acute Abdomen - Preparing For Surgery

DOWNLOAD EMSS17 – Acute Abdomen – Preparing For Surgery algorithm (pdf)

Physical examination of the abdomen (video):
This video demonstrates how to physically examine the abdomen:

abdomen video

This video was not made by the EMSS17 team, and can be found here on YouTube (this page originally contained another video, but was replaced as the original is no longer available).