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Publication, Part of

Adult Critical Care Data in England, April 09 to March 10, Experimental statistics

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01 Apr 2009 to 31 Mar 2010


This is the second publication of adult critical care data, which forms part of Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and is collected as part of the Critical Care Minimum Data Set (CCMDS). It covers critical care periods ending between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010, and draws on records submitted by providers as an attachment to the inpatient record.

During the period covered by this report, not all NHS trusts with critical care capacity have completed data submissions, so data quality and coverage is variable in some cases. Publishing the HES critical care data as experimental statistics allows for discussion, analysis and promotion of the dataset, which in turn should lead to improved coverage and data quality.


  • Critical care data was supplied by 137 providers, compared to 161 reporting critical care capacity through Department of Health central returns in 2009-10.1 In 2008-09 128 providers submitted critical care data.
  • The full adult critical care dataset contained 201,245 critical care records ending in the year 2009-10. Of these, 169,176 were able to be used for analysis having limited the data to overcome data quality issues. This is an increase of 28.0 per cent (37,022 useable records) compared to 2008-09.
  • 58.0 per cent (98,065) of the analysed records related to male patients and 42.0 per cent (71,097) female.2 These percentages are unchanged when comparing 2008-09 to 2009-10.
  • The greatest number of critical care records were recorded for patients between the ages of 70 and 74, making up 13.2 per cent (22,270) of the records analysed (13.0 per cent, 17,214 records in 2008-09).
  • On average, weekdays had a greater number of critical care admissions per day than weekends. Weekdays accounted for 82.6 per cent (82.3 per cent in 2008-09) of all admissions.


  1. Two providers that supplied critical care data were not included in the Department of Health central return.
  2. There were 14 records where gender was not recorded.


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