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Heart op figures online

1st June 2007

Surgery survival rates for operations on children with congenital heart disease at the 16 specialist heart centres in the UK are now being published online.

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It means that parents can make comparisons between the various UK centres on the website, which also includes the number and range of procedures each centre carries out and the survival rates for the most common surgeries.

The figures do not rate the performance of individual surgeons as the NHS Information Centres, which runs the website, says that this would be misleading because treatment is most often delivered by a team rather than an individual surgeon.

The figures are also not adjusted for risk meaning that other factors such as the age or sex of the child or the complexity of a case may impact on the data.

Chief executive of the Children’s Heart Federation, Anne Keatley-Clarke, said: “Parents will now be able to look at how many procedures a unit is doing and what their success rates are before making a decision about their child's treatment.?

Sir Bruce Keogh, commissioner of the Healthcare Commission and president of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, said parents could be reassured over the level of the quality of treatment in the UK.

The launch of the website – www.ccad.org.uk/congenital - comes a decade after the inquiry into the deaths of babies treated at Bristol’s Royal Infirmary in the 1980s and 1990s.

Around eight out of every 1,000 babies born each year have a heart defect, with approximately 50% needing medical treatment or surgery.

 

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Article Information

Title: Heart op figures online
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3009
Date Added: 1st Jun 2007

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