Cavan General Hospital has the second highest death rate for admissions with heart attacks and the highest death rate for deaths 30 days after admission for strokes according to figures released by the Department of Health this week.
The statistics relating to the period 2011 to 2013 and compiled under the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System provide the first ever published ‘league table’ of hospital mortality rates. The figures show there is considerable variation in death rates amongst hospitals for a number of conditions.
For example, an analysis of age-sex standardised death rates of patients within 30 days of admission with heart attacks shows that Tullamore has the highest age-standardised death rate, with 11.96 deaths per 100 cases. This was followed by Cavan General Hospital which had a death rate of 10.36 per 100 cases, both of which are significantly higher than the national average which was 6.68 per 100 cases.
In other figures compiled in the report, Cavan Hospital also had the highest rate of deaths 30 days after admission for the ischaemic stroke (strokes caused by an interruption of blood supply to the brain) with 13.67 cases per 100, nearly three times the rate seen at Tallaght Hospital, which had 4.59 deaths per 100 cases.
However it wasn’t all bad news for the region, other indicators looked at in the report showed that Sligo Regional Hospital had the lowest caesarean section rate in the country and figures also showed that residents in Co Leitrim also had the lowest age/sex standardised rate of hosptialsation for Diabetes with admissions of just 101.7 per 100,000.