Public report national audit of percutaneous coronary interventional procedures 2011

January 28th, 2013 in Cardiology /
This is a map showing primary PCI per million population. Credit: NICOR


This is a map showing primary PCI per million population. Credit: NICOR

The 2011 annual report of the National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) highlights the significant progress within hospitals to expand PCI services to treat more patients with acute coronary syndromes.

PCI mechanically improves to the heart and can be used to relieve the symptoms of angina, prevent and treat heart attacks. When used to treat patients, the procedure is called primary PCI. Commissioned and funded by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, the National Audit of PCI is clinically led by the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society and managed by the National Institute for Research.

Key findings include:

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

For overall PCI rates per million population, Wales has the lowest rates at 1170 pmp and Northern Ireland the highest (1751 pmp). The PCI activity for England is 1395 pmp. For primary PCI England had the highest rates at 362 pmp and N Ireland the lowest (158 pmp). The differences between cardiac networks and countries are shown in the graphic.

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

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".

Professor Huon Gray, Interim National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, Department of Health England said: "I congratulate all those who have worked so hard to collect these excellent data, and particularly pay tribute to the expert work of Dr Peter Ludman in producing such comprehensive analyses each year. The information this report generates is invaluable to all those involved in planning, managing and delivering PCI services."

The full report will be published on the NICOR website on Tuesday 29th January 2013.

Provided by University College London

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