These mortality indicators provide information to help the National Health Service (NHS) monitor success in preventing potentially avoidable deaths following hospital treatment.
The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) have, over many years, consistently shown that some deaths are associated with shortcomings in health care. The NHS may be helped to prevent such potentially avoidable deaths by seeing comparative figures and learning lessons from the confidential enquiries, and from the experience of hospitals with low death rates.
The indicators presented measure mortality rates for patients, admitted for certain conditions or procedures, where death occurred either in hospital or within 30 days post discharge.
There are five ‘deaths within 30 days’ indicators:
- Deaths within 30 days of a hospital procedure: surgery (non-elective admissions)
- Deaths within 30 days of a hospital procedure: coronary artery bypass graft
Emergency admissions :
- Deaths within 30 days of emergency admission to hospital: fractured proximal femur
- Deaths within 30 days of emergency admission to hospital: myocardial infarction
- Deaths within 30 days of emergency admission to hospital: stroke
Data are presented for the 10-year period 2005/06 to 2014/15 , and in separate breakdowns for females, males and persons. The indicators are presented at the local government geographies and by individual institution.
These indicators were previously published in the Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators and are now published on the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s (HSCIC) Indicator Portal as part of the continuing release of this indicator set.
Data, along with indicator specifications providing details of indicator construction, statistical methods and interpretation considerations, can be accessed by visiting the HSCIC’s Indicator Portal and using the menu to navigate to Compendium of population health indicators > Hospital care > Outcomes > Deaths.