The UK Carotid Endarterectomy Audit Round 5 Report was released on 23rd October 2013.
Round 5 contained 5723 carotid endarterectomies that were performed between 1st October 2011 and 30th September 2012 from a total of 117 NHS trusts/health boards in the UK.
More than half of NHS patients who require a carotid endarterectomy are accessing it within the two week guideline as set by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
The main aims of the audit are:
- To assess the current speed of delivery of carotid endarterectomy in the UK.
- To assess variations in access and quality of care for patients needing carotid endarterectomy.
- To assess 30-day mortality and complications rates following carotid endarterectomy.
- To stimulate improvements over time in the quality of care provided to patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy.