COMPASS (Management of COMPlicAted intra-abdominal collectionS after colorectal Surgery), like the IMAGINE study, is ran primarily by EUROSurg with the direct support of STARSurg in running the study in the UK and Ireland. This study looks to explore the management of complicated intra-abdominal collections after colorectal surgery.
Current evidence suggests no clear benefit for the prophylactic insertion of drain’s following colorectal surgery and ERAS guidelines specifically recommend against their use. The IMAGINE study found 1/3 of patients had a prophylactic drain inserted routinely.
COMPASS will help to increase our understanding of the variability in practice and explore the associated outcomes regarding postoperative drain placement.