Hospital defends high op death levels.
Figures for all patients undergoing surgery on blood vessels - angioplasty - at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry showed a mortality rate of 3.1 per cent, compared with a UK average of 1.2 per cent.
But Coventry Health Authority's director of public health, Dr Keith Williams, said the hospital had received a high proportion of emergency patients and that mortality rates for non-emergency patients reflected the national average.
According to Dr Williams, Walsgrave carried out 1,422 angioplasties from January to December 2000, of which 43 per cent were emergency or non-elective operations.
Nineteen per cent of the non-elective operations were transferred from other hospitals, while 38 per cent were elective.
Angioplasty operations are used to treat people suffering angina and involves a special balloon being fed into a blocked or narrow artery, which is inflated to widen the channel and then removed.
Dr Williams said: "The most important thing is to reassure the public that our mortality rates for elective surgery are
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|Publication:||Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Feb 17, 2002|
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