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NOCA launches report on in-hospital mortality

The report published by the National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) found a “small but significant” reduction from 9.6 deaths in 2005 to 7.9 in 2015.

This report presents information across five common conditions: acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, ischaemic stroke, haemorrhagic stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) & bronchiectasi.

In AMI there was a “significant reduction” in deaths per 100 admissions from 11.1 deaths in 2005 to 5.9 in 2015.

For ischaemic stroke, there was a “small but significant” reduction from 14.2 deaths in 2005 to 10.5 in 2015.

There was almost no change for haemorrhagic stroke and COPD and bronchiectasis.

“This report is a significant step to further understanding, and most importantly promoting, the continuous improvement of the quality and safety of care provided in our acute hospitals,” said Dr Philip Crowley, National Director, Quality Improvement Division, HSE.

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