SCTS publishes 2013-16 data for adult cardiac surgery audit

30th May 2017. The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) has today published data for the 2013-2016 National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA).

Cardiac surgery continues to be of high quality in the UK, with no outliers or concerns regarding the practice of any cardiac surgeon involved in the audit. The data can be broken down by individual surgeon or hospital, allowing for comparisons based on performance outcomes.

The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) analysed and collected the data.

Mr Graham Cooper, President of SCTS, said:

“Cardiac surgery appears to be in good health. The very serious nature of heart surgery means that unfortunately deaths and complications occasionally occur, but patients can be confident that they will receive good care wherever they are in the country.

“This audit continues to demonstrate how cardiac surgeons are providing a consistent standard across the UK.”


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Cardiac surgery The Society has pioneered collection of surgical information in the UK, having run a register of all major heart operations since 1977. National trends and hospital cardiac procedure numbers over time can be viewed on our dynamic website:

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