Latest heart surgery survival rates26th June 2008
The latest heart surgery survival rates across the UK have been published by the healthcare watchdog.
The figures, released on the Healthcare Commission’s website, give information on over 35,000 heart operations performed between April 2006 and March 2007 and shows survival rates from the 37 units for all heart surgery during this period.
Figures for heart bypass and aortic valve replacement are displayed and surgeons at 30 units have also voluntarily made available the particular survival rates of their patients.
The findings reveal that survival rates have remained consistently high, with no significant change from the previous year.
In previous years, the international EuroSCORE benchmark was used to measure performance but now the UK uses its own tougher benchmark measure, reflecting the improved survival rates.
Using the UK model, there were no units with survival rates that were "worse than expected" and 32 units survival rates are "as expected".
The units at Leeds General Infirmary, Moriston Hospital Swansea, Southampton General Hospital, University Hospital of Wales and Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester were "better than expected".
The national survival rate for all types of heart operations is 96.6%, up 0.1% on last year.
Healthcare Commission chairman Professor Sir Ian Kennedy said: "This project proves that we can successfully bring this kind of information into the public domain to the satisfaction of both patients and those who look after them.
"Some feared that surgeons may take on fewer high-risk operations, but this has not proved to be the case. In fact the opposite is true."
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Title: Latest heart surgery survival rates
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 7289
Date Added: 26th Jun 2008