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High death rate among heart transplant recipients prompts investigation

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39391.719329.4E (Published 08 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:955
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    Heart transplantations have been suspended at one NHS trust, pending an investigation into why mortality among patients undergoing the procedure there has risen to three times the national average.

    Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust near Cambridge raised the alarm itself after a routine audit showed that since the beginning of this year seven of 20 people who have received a heart transplant died within 30 days of the procedure.

    This death rate of 35% is well above the national …

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