This dataset comprises a set of analyses concerning the treatment of patients with heart failure by NHS hospitals in England in 2011/12. The data has been reproduced from the National Heart Failure Audit 2012/13 Annual Report.
The National Heart Failure Audit monitors the treatment of heart failure patients in England and Wales. It collects data on patients with an unscheduled admission to hospital who are discharged with a primary diagnosis of heart failure. The audit covers all hospitals in England and Wales which admit acute patients with heart failure – the vast majority (92%) of hospitals currently submit data.
Only English data are included in this dataset. Analyses are included for every eligible English hospital which submitted at least 50 records to the audit in the 2012/13 audit year.
The analyses include:
• The number of patients at each hospital discharged with a diagnosis of heart failure
• The number of patients within this group with a clinical diagnosis of heart failure
• The percentage of patients who received an echo, either during this admission or within the previous 6 months
• The percentage of patients who were a cardiology inpatient for the majority of their hospital stay
• The percentage of patients who received input from a consultant cardiologist
• The percentage of patients who received input from a heart failure specialist (consultant cardiologist, consultant with interest in heart failure, or heart failure nurse specialist)
• The percentage of patients who were prescribed an ACE inhibitor on discharge
• The percentage of patients who were prescribed an ACE inhibitor or an ARB on discharge
• The percentage of patients who were prescribed a beta blocker on discharge
• The percentage of patients who received discharge planning
• The percentage of patients who were referred to a heart failure nurse follow-up service (covering both all patients, and just those with a diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD)).
• The percentage of patients who were referred to follow-up with a cardiologist.