NICOR: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research


National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Interventional Procedures Public Report 2011

3 April 2014

More PCI centres are treating more heart attack patients faster

The 2011 annual report of the National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) was published on 29th January 2013.

The report highlights the significant progress within hospitals to expand PCI services to treat more patients with acute coronary syndromes. The report shows there has been a year on year increase in the number of PCIs performed in the UK over the last decade. This has been achieved by an expansion of both the number of PCI centres and activity within existing centres. Primary PCI is now the preferred treatment for heart attack patients instead of traditional ‘clot busting’ drugs.

There has been a year on year improvement in treating patients within target times but transfers can delay treatment by about 50 minutes.

Whilst overall access to PCI and primary PCI has improved there remain large differences between the countries of the United Kingdom. There are also differences between cardiac networks and counties within the UK.

The report collected data on 88,692 PCI procedures from 97 NHS PCI centres and 7 private hospitals between January and December 2011.