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Publication, Part of

Adult Critical Care Data in England - April 2013 to March 2014

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01 Apr 2013 to 31 Mar 2014


This is the sixth 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 2013 and 31 March 2014, and draws on records submitted by providers as an attachment to the admitted patient care record.


In 2013-14:

Critical Care Periods
• There were 249,735 records of Adult Critical Care (ACC) periods usable for analysis, an increase of 5.1 per cent on the 237,710 records usable for analysis in 2012-13
• Nearly twice as many critical care periods were recorded as starting on each weekday (between 15.0 per cent and 17.1 per cent) as on a Saturday (9.3 per cent) or Sunday (8.5 per cent)
• More critical care periods were recorded as starting between 18:00-18:59 than any other hour in the day (7.9 per cent of all recorded start times).

Critical Care Patients
• The majority of critical care records were for male patients (56.8 per cent, 141,814 records)
• Nearly all records (95.4 per cent, 172,822 records) were for patients admitted to the critical care unit from the same NHS hospital site
• A large majority of records identify that patients went elsewhere in the same NHS hospital site upon the end of their critical care period (83.0 per cent, 142,913 records)
• In around 9 per cent of cases, the patient died in the critical care unit.

Clinical Analysis
• 'Cardiac surgery and primary cardiac conditions' was the most commonly identified Healthcare Resource Group (HRG), accounting for 23.5 per cent of male and 13.8 per cent of female records
• On average, the equivalent of 9 days-worth of organ support was recorded per critical care period
• More critical care records had 2 types of organ support recorded than any other number of support types (31.3 per cent of records).

Critical Care Units
• 62.2 per cent (155,294) of ACC records were for care units for 'Non-specific general adult care predominate', and 15.4 per cent (38,477 records) were for units where cardiac surgical patients predominate.


Last edited: 11 April 2018 4:01 pm