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Death Rates and Data Sharing

Download the data behind Sarah Boseley's surgery statistics investigation | News | guardian.co.uk

A major freedom of information trawl by the Guardian has found that death rates around the country in routine surgery to prevent a swollen artery from bursting are very variable - and that many hospitals are well above the national average.
The Guardian investigation also reveals that hospitals carrying out more operations have lower death rates than those that do few. More experienced surgical teams appear safer. Leading vascular surgeons argue that AAA operations should be concentrated in larger centres that do at least 50 procedures a year and the many smaller units should be closed. Reorganisation was planned to begin this year in London for that purpose, but Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has put all hospital closures on hold.
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Good investigation, excellent idea to pass the data out to the crowd, is this how journalism will work in this new age?


These facts have been well known for decades. Trust the Grauniad (and unqualified bloggers/repeaters) to repeat them.

Patients who survive longer journey times to larger centres are self-selecting survivors. Patients who are already unstable
in the more remote hospitals are self-selecting mortals.

Where is the beef?

Many hospitals are above the national average, eh?
Well I never.
Gracious me.
I'm guessing that means many of them are under the national average as well.

Or does the word average mean something different here?

So, practicing more is associated with being better at doing something? Astounding!

Now, given that my chances are much better at a different hospital (or with a different doctor, team, set of facilities, etc) I might opt for transfer. But could I actually be transferred? Was it not just a couple of weeks ago that a woman could not get a transfer from one NHS Trust (Wight?) to another despite being denied in one location while another only five miles away would treat someone in the same circumstances?

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