Adult cardiac surgery news

NICOR's statistical response to Nick Black's report into the review of data validation and statistical processes for consultant outcomes publication 2014.

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As part of NHS England's consultant outcomes publication (COP), Professor Nick Black was asked to review the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA) and provide assurance the data were fit for purpose and publication.

2014 Consultant Outcomes Publication 

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MY NHS - NHS Choices has today published the consultant outcomes data for both the National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (NAPCI) and the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA). 

NACSA response to NHSE

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The NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, requested written assurance from The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) that the validation and analytical processes used to deliver the adult cardiac surgery audit managed by NICOR are fit for purpose and had been applied appropriately. NICOR responded by describing the processes applied for data validation and risk adjustment and demonstrating their appropriateness within the context of a national clinical audit reporting at consultant level.

NICOR statement regarding National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit data validation

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NICOR’s mission is to provide accurate data on cardiovascular outcomes for the public, healthcare providers and the medical profession. NICOR manages the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit, which has been reporting risk adjusted* outcomes since 2005. The most recent hospital and consultant procedure numbers, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality and risk factor incidence were published for NHS hospitals and individual consultants in April 2014.

Audit data shows fall in adult heart surgery death rates

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The number of UK adult heart patients dying in hospital has fallen by more than 20% in the last ten years, according to the latest National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA) data published today. 

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