NICOR: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research


PCI Audit Report 2012

Publication date: Jan 30, 2014 8:13:37 AM

Public 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:

- The number of PCIs performed in the UK has more than doubled over the last decade. Primary PCI is now the preferred treatment for heart attack patients instead of traditional ‘clot busting’ drugs.

- In 2012 86% of all patients were treated within 120 minutes of calling for professional help and 90% treated within 90 minutes of arriving at the PCI centre. This compares very favourably with international data.

- Transfers delayed treatment by about 40 minutes.

- Whilst overall access to PCI and primary PCI has improved there remain large differences between the countries of the United Kingdom.

The report collected data on 92,445 PCI procedures from 97 NHS PCI centres and 7 private hospitals between January and December 2012.

Peter Ludman, Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead of the national audit said: “One of the key steps to maintaining and improving high quality treatment is measuring what you are doing. It is a great tribute to all PCI centres in the UK that they are dedicated to providing detailed information about the procedures they carry out, so that the information can be collated and analysed at a national level. These data provide considerable insight into the practice of PCI, showing not only how practice is evolving over the years, but also how different units compare with each other and how the UK compares with other countries”.

Link to the report PCI Annual Audit Report  Jan-Dec 2012