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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
The BCIS NICOR database is intended to record information about every PCI procedure performed on all patients in the UK. Data are collected using a variety of database programs. NICOR supports the use of LOTUS Notes TM software.
Regardless of platform, the local database generates a comma separated values file to a standard format. This file is uploaded to the PCI centre's local copy of Lotus Notes software to manage the encryption and subsequent internet transfer of these data to the central NICOR servers.
The same software provides a portal for data analysis and is used to generate reports. The Lotus Notes program and licence is provided without charge to all PCI units in the UK.
The audit is continuous and we advise data should be submitted on a regular basis.
The audit covers each calendar year and around 80 to 90,000 PCI procedure records are entered from across the United Kingdom each year.
Please note: The data submission deadline for 2013 data is April 1st 2014.
The completeness and internal consistency of the data is assessed during upload by a set of validation rules. These fall into one of four categories:
- data are perfect and accepted without comment
- data are consistent bar some missing entries
- data are internally inconsistent but data are accepted
- data are internally inconsistent and rejected by NICOR
The BCIS data validation rules can be obtained by following the link below:
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