This week in the BMJ: Children treated for heart conditions survive equally well across UK

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:997

We mixed up survival and mortality to produce a rather alarming sentence in this summary paragraph for the paper by John L Gibbs and colleagues (“Survival after surgery or therapeutic catheterisation for congenital heart disease in children in the United Kingdom: analysis of the central cardiac audit database for 2000-1,” 13 March, pp 611-5). We also omitted the word infant. So the third sentence should read: “Infant mortality [not “Survival“] at one year was double that at 30 days and may be a better descriptor of overall outcome.”


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