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Letters Cardiac surgery mortality rates

Using positive markers for audit

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 02 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1970
  1. Barrie D White, neurosurgeon1
  1. 1Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
  1. barrie.white{at}

The greatest achievement of the excellent National Cardiac Surgery Audit is the engagement of clinicians to ensure accuracy of their data and risk prediction, which takes account of patients’ illnesses and frailties so that difficult cases are done without detriment to the results.1

Mortality and morbidity occur despite our best efforts. Patients understand and accept that …

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