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Deaths in Acute Hospitals: Caring to the End? (2009)

This NCEPOD report highlights the process of care of patients who died in acute hospitals within four days of admission. It takes a critical look at areas where the care of patients might have been improved. Remediable factors have been identified in the clinical and the organisational care of these patients.
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Executive Summary (151Kb)
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Download DAH Toolkit Audit toolkit
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Report Slides Slides (15.1Mb)
Mrs Heather Freeth, Clincial Researcher, NCEPOD
Mr Ian Martin, Clinical Co-ordinator, NCEPOD
Dr George Findlay, Clinical Co-ordinator, NCEPOD
Dr David Mason, Clinical Co-ordinator, NCEPOD
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Caring to the End - A response on behalf of The Royal College of Physicians (950Kb)
Prof Ian Gilmore, President of The Royal College of Physicians

Caring to the End - Review of NCEPOD report, on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons (70Kb)
Mr John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons

Caring to the End - Review of NCEPOD report, on behalf of The Royal College of Anaesthetists(442Kb)
Dr Peter Nightingale, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

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Report Podcast Report Podcast (3.9Mb)
BMJ interview with Dr David Mason, NCEPOD Clinical Co-ordinator discussing the findings made in the report.
  Organisational Data Comparisons
Organisational data provided by all hospitals that completed this section of the study has been analysed and categorised by the type of hospital as indicated by each hospital in the organisational questionnaire.
  Self assessment checklist for trusts (75Kb)
This toolkit allows Trusts to check their progress in adopting NCEPOD's recommendations following the 2009 report 'Caring to the End?'. This toolkit is for your use, and information generated should be shared within your trust. We do not require the completed forms to be returned to NCEPOD.
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To download a Microsoft Excel version of the self assessment checklist, please click here.
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Download Questionnaires Study Questionnaires (4 Qs.)
Below are a list of questionnaires used in the study available for download. Click each to download as a pdf file.
Surgical Questionnaire
Anaesthetic Questionnaire
Organisational Questionnaire
Assessment Form
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