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NICOR, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS), and the University of Manchester, has released the SCTS Governance Tool. This new online rescource enables cardiac surgery consultants to access information about their clinical activity and outcomes, which facilitates effective monitoring of data quality and clinical practice. The tool allows selection of time periods and operative groups to generate downloadable reports ‘on demand’, which show analysis based on up-to-date, and 'cleaned', National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA) data. More...
Published: Feb 7, 2014 3:28:12 PM
The 2012 annual report on devices from the Cardiac Rhythm Management National Audit has now been published. It is available to view and download from: More...
Published: Feb 5, 2014 1:48:26 PM
NICOR (The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research) collects anonymised patient information from across UK hospitals to try and improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients that have heart problems and treatments. These include adult heart surgery, heart attack, heart procedures, heart devices (for example pacemakers), heart failure and congenital heart surgery. More...
Published: Feb 4, 2014 2:11:08 PM
Report National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Interventional (PCI) procedures 2012
published January 30th 2014.
Expansion in the use of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) is seeing more patients with acute coronary syndromes treated more quickly, according to the latest National Audit of PCI (covering 2012). Key findings from the report include: More...
Published: Jan 30, 2014 8:09:31 AM
Acute myocardial infarction: a comparison of short-term survival in national outcome registries in Sweden and the UK
The Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP), from which the data for the Lancet paper was obtained, continues to collect detailed information about the care provided to patients with heart attack. This demonstrates the commitment of participating clinicians, Trusts and governments to improvements in quality of care. While important improvements have been made since 2010, the end of the period studied by the researchers, there is no room for complacency. We need to continue emphasising both the provision of the best modern care, and the recording of that care. We also need to shift from publishing details of the process of care to the outcomes of care. It is our intention to produce a preliminary report of outcomes for each hospital this year. More...
Published: Jan 23, 2014 10:33:12 AM
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is one of the two coronary revascularisation techniques currently used in the treatment of ischaematic heart disease, the other being coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).
The PCI procedure is used to treat patients whose coronary arteries - which
supply the heart with blood - are narrowed or blocked. The procedure works by
mechanically improving blood flow to the heart. A small balloon is inserted
which, when inflated widens the artery. In most cases a 'stent', a metal mesh scaffold, is implanted to keep the artery wall open.
The audit was launched in 2002 and collects data submitted by hospitals in the UK. Based on the British Cardiovascular Interventional Society (BCIS) dataset, the audit provides information on the :
- structure of provision of PCI care across the United Kingdom
- appropriateness of the delivery of that care
- process by which the care is delivered (e.g. any delays to emergency PCI treatment for heart attacks)
- outcomes for patients receiving this treatment. This is risk adjusted to try and take into account factors such as age, severity of illness to ensure the information about the quality of care is reliable.
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