Paediatric cardiac surgical mortality after Bristol

BMJ 2004; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7481.43-b (Published 30 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;330:43

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  1. Gareth Parry, reader in health services research (g.parry@sheffield.ac.uk),
  2. Elizabeth S Draper, senior research fellow,
  3. Patricia McKinney, reader in paediatric epidemiology
  1. Health Services Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DA
  2. Paediatric Epidemiology Group, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LN
  3. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 6TP

    EDITOR—The paper by Aylin et al on paediatric cardiac mortality in England after Bristol provides some interesting and potentially perturbing results.1 The reduction in paediatric cardiac surgical mortality is encouraging, but the identification of hospitals with excess mortality is worrying.

    Since 2003 all paediatric intensive care units in England and Wales have contributed data on all admissions to the paediatric intensive care audit network (PICANet), …

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