Heart Failure Audit, Released Today Reveals Mortality Doubles When Specialist Care Not Provided
Today, the long-awaited, annual, National Heart Failure Audit was published, for 2013-2014 data, by the British Society for Heart Failure, and Nicor.
The data from 56,654 heart failure admissions to hospitals in England and Wales between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014 shows variation in the quality of care and outcomes for patients. The heart failure audit shows that the quality of heart failure care can vary widely from one hospital to another, as it does between specialist and non-specialist wards, within a given hospital. (See full audit report.)
Key findings of the heart failure audit included that only 41% of patients with a confirmed diagnosis of heart failure were discharged on all three of the recommended therapies for heart failure – ACE inhibitor/ARB, beta blocker and MRA. This is a small improvement (5%) from 2012 but more can be done to improve equitable access to care. The heart failure audit also found that mortality doubles when specialist care not provided.
Inpatient mortality rates vary between place of care, ranging from 6.9% on cardiology wards to 11.4% on general medical wards and 13.7% on ‘other’ wards.
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