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Table 3 Main causes of death for patients undergoing laparotomy

From: Abdominal injuries in a major Scandinavian trauma center – performance assessment over an 8 year period

  Period 1 Period 2
  N % N % p*
Bleeding 36 60 37 63 0.85
Sepsis/MOF 7 12 6 10 1.00
Head injury 11 18 8 13.5 0.62
Other/unknown 6 10 8 13.5 0.58
Total 60 100 59 100  
  1. MOF: multiple organ failure.
  2. *Fisher’s Exact tests for each individual cause against the sum of all other causes.