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Top marks for Musgrove’s Intensive Therapy Unit - 15 February 2013

Top marks for Musgrove’s Intensive Therapy Unit - 15 February 2013

Musgrove Park Hospital’s Intensive Therapy Unit has been recognised by a national independent survey as one of the best in the country for its mortality rates.

The Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) is a charitable company who aim to foster improvements in the organisation and practise of critical care (intensive and high dependency care) in the UK.

ICNARC have recently released figures which show that mortality rates in Musgrove’s ITU are the lowest in the country when compared to 20 similar units throughout the UK. The ITU team have consistently been ranked as one of the top four performing critical care departments; and this year they achieved their best results to date by being named as the best ITU in the UK for their mortality rates. In other words, less people died in Musgrove Park Hospital’s ITU than would have been expected given the area, age and health of the population the hospital serves.

Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Richard Innes said, “The fantastic staff that work in the unit and the team’s positive culture and commitment to delivering high quality, safe, patient-centred care is what makes a difference to our patients’ outcome. Staff working in ITU feel that it’s a special place to work and this is reflected in the results we achieve.”

Dr Colin Close, Medical Director at Musgrove said, “Patient safety is an absolute priority at Musgrove. This is exemplified in the work of the ITU team who have, year on year, achieved consistently low mortality rates. The results this year have been exceptional and demonstrate the hard work and commitment of each of the team members to ensure the quality of the care they deliver is consistently improved.”