National Cardiac Audit Programme Report: A pre-pandemic stock take to help the recovery

Reports | Published: 14 Oct 2021

The National Cardiac Audit Programme, which aims to support quality improvement in cardiovascular specialties, has published a report into cardiovascular care before and leading up to the national COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Based on data collected between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 (or between 2017 and 2020 for those analyses requiring three years’ consecutive data), the report provides a comprehensive stocktake of progress and continuing challenges from the decade prior to the pandemic.

Overall, there was evidence of continuous improvement in performance in a wide range of measures across all the sub-specialities. However, the level of variance across hospitals remained high in several areas. This report also highlighted that system changes are needed to tackle quality issues that were evident even before COVID-19. Key findings include:

  • Drop in cases undergoing angiography within 72 hours (down to 54.9% from 56.7% in 2018/19)
  • Time to elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) worsened from 97 days in 2017/18 to 104 days in 2019/20, and
  • The median call-to-balloon (CTB) times deteriorated to 126 minutes in 2019/20 (110 minutes in 2010/11).

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National Cardiac Audit Programme Report: A pre-pandemic stock take to help the recovery