UK exceeds target on mortality from elective repair of abdominal aneurysm four years early

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 28 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1450
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Deaths after elective surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm have plummeted in the United Kingdom from 7.9% in 2008 to 2.4% (197 deaths among 8380 patients treated) in 2009-10, shows the first ever national audit of the procedure.

However, there is much variation among the 127 units across the country that took part in the audit. While some report no deaths among the patients they treated between 1 October 2008 and 30 September 2010, others have mortality rates in the high teens.

The highest mortality rate was at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which recorded a rate of 20% (three of 15 patients died).

However, the Vascular Society, which compiled the report, cautions that the data were …

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