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CORU work helps child heart teams get clearer picture of their results

5 April 2013

For the first time, teams that care for children needing heart surgery have been able to review their short-term results across all the different operations they perform.

Graphic data charts, devised by analysts at CORU, allow clinicians to spot and investigate trends in survival and explore promptly any concerns.

Published in the journal Heart, a recent CORU paper describes how charts showing survivals to, and deaths within, 30 days of surgery are being generated and studied by teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Evelina Children’s Hospital in London and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.

Importantly, the charts account for the very different levels of risk faced by different children - from under one percent estimated risk of death to more than 25% - to help hospital teams spot any underlying trends. The risk estimates come from peer-reviewed work published by CORU (and co-authors) last year using UK national data.

Following this successful implementation, we have now updated both the risk model and the software for implementing it. The software is licensed by UCL Business and ready for UK child heart units to use. For more information on this please see our webpage on PRAiS.

The full UCL news story can be seen here.

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