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Cardiac mortality in children in Oxford hospital is not excessive

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:324
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

Fears that mortality in children who needed heart surgery in Oxford was excessively high—suggesting a possible repeat of the incidents at the Bristol Royal Infirmary—are unfounded, an investigation has shown.

Two UK studies on survival rates after heart surgery across the United Kingdom in children less than 1 year old, which were published in the BMJ last year, prompted the Department of Health to request an investigation by Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority.

The first study was an analysis of survival rates for …

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