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Surgery

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of cases of post-operative bleeding after heart surgery operations (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of procedures performed in each of the last three years. (210221)

The information is shown in the following table.

Completed years data—Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery Great Britain and Ireland

Cases

Post-op bleeding

Percentage of all cases

2004-05

27,871

1,447

3.82

2005-06

36,188

1,424

3.94

2006-07

35,792

1,509

4.22

Source:

Central Cardiac Audit Database

The Adult Cardiac Surgical module of the Central Cardiac Audit Database identifies bleeding when it requires re-operation post cardiac surgery. The precise definition in the dataset is ‘re-operation for bleeding or tamponade’.