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Hospital Adult Critical Care Activity 2015-16

Publication date: 09:30 February 23, 2017


This is a report on adult critical care activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS-commissioned activity in the independent sector. This annual publication covers the financial year ending March 2016. It contains final data and replaces the provisional data that are released each month.
The data are taken from the Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) data warehouse. HES contains records of all admissions, appointments and attendances for patients admitted to NHS hospitals in England. The HES data used in this publication draws on records submitted by providers as an attachment to the admitted patient care record.
This publication shows the number of adult critical care records during the period, with a number of breakdowns including admission details, discharge details, patient demographics and clinical information.

The purpose of this publication is to inform and support strategic and policy-led processes for the benefit of patient care. This document will also be of interest to researchers, journalists and members of the public interested in NHS hospital activity in England.

Key Facts

Key Facts In 2015-16:

  • There were 271,079 records of adult critical care periods used in this analysis in 2015-16, an increase of 4.4 per cent from 2014-15 (259,691* records).
  • Patients aged 50 years and over accounted for 77.0 per cent (207,182 records) of critical care records in 2015-16 (where age is known), an increase of 3.3 per cent from 2014-15 (200,538 records).
  • Males made up more than half of all critical care records. Older males, those aged 50 and over, accounted for 45.2 per cent (121,663 records) of all critical care records in 2015-16 (where age and gender are known).

*For comparability 2014-15 data has been revised from data published in the Adult Critical Care in England 2014-15 report to reflect improvements to the algorithm matching critical care records to related hospital episodes.


Date Range: 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: NHS Trusts

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