National heart failure audit report 2013-14 (published 2015)
Published: 20 Oct 2015
Published 20 October 2015, the report includes data from 56,654 heart failure admissions to hospitals in England and Wales between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014 and shows variation in the quality of care and outcomes for patients.
Data shows that the quality of heart failure care can vary widely from one hospital to another, as it does between specialist and non-specialist wards, within a given hospital. Key findings include:
Only 41% of patients with a confirmed diagnosis of heart failure were discharged on all three of the recommended therapies for heart failure – ACE inhibitor/ARB, beta blocker and MRA. This is a small improvement (5%) from 2012 but more can be done to improve equitable access to care
Inpatient mortality rates vary between place of care, ranging from 6.9% on cardiology wards to 11.4% on general medical wards and 13.7% on ‘other’ wards