Emergency general surgery has higher adverse outcomes than elective surgery. Patients leaving the hospital against medical advice (AMA) have a greater risk for readmission and complications. We sought to identify clinical and demographic characteristics along with hospital factors associated with leaving AMA after EGS operations. A retrospective review of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample was performed. All patients who underwent an EGS procedure accounting for >80% of the burden of EGS-related inpatient resources were identified. 4:1 propensity score analysis was conducted. Regression analyses determined predictive factors for leaving AMA. 546,856 patients were identified. 1085 (0.2%) patients who underwent EGS left AMA. They were more likely to be men (59% versus 42%), younger (median age 51 y, IQR [37.61] versus 54, IQR [38.69]), qualify for Medicaid (26% versus 13%) or be self-pay (17% versus 9%), and be within the lowest quartile median household income (40% versus 28%) (all P < 0.05). After applying 4:1 propensity score matching, individuals who were self-pay (OR 3.15, 95% CI 2.44-4.06) or insured through Medicare (OR 2.75, 95% CI 2.11-3.57) and Medicaid (OR 3.58, 95% CI 2.83-4.52) had increased odds of leaving AMA compared with privately insured patients. In addition, history of alcohol (OR 2.21, 95% CI 1.65-2.98), drug abuse (OR 4.54, 95% CI 3.23-6.38), and psychosis (OR 2.31, 95% CI 1.65-3.23) were associated with higher likelihood for leaving AMA. Patients undergoing EGS have a high risk of complications, and leaving AMA further increases this risk. Interventions to encourage safe discharge encompassing surgical, psychiatric, and socioeconomic factors are warranted to prevent a two-hit effect and compound postoperative risk. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.