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Oxford hospital suspends paediatric cardiac surgery after four deaths

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1303 (Published 04 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1303
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The John Radcliffe Hospital has suspended paediatric cardiac surgery while it investigates the deaths of four children who had operations at the hospital in the past three months.

    In a statement, the hospital says its paediatric cardiac surgery service has been temporarily suspended while it investigates concerns that have been raised. “Our investigations are likely to include an external review of the deaths of some very sick children (four children) who underwent surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in the last three months,” it said.

    The outcomes for paediatric cardiac surgery in the United Kingdom are monitored nationally by the Central Cardiac Audit Database, which requires hospitals to provide data on all children who undergo cardiac surgery. The John Radcliffe Hospital said that its figures are “within normal outcome ranges.”

    “Any hospital might, at some time, have a run of deaths in …

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