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[Editorial] Communicating risk about children’s heart surgery well

Telling parents that their child has congenital heart disease and needs heart surgery is a difficult task. Parents will rightly ask what is the risk for my child, what are a particular hospital’s or an individual surgeon’s outcome statistics, and which hospital should they choose. As a result of the Bristol Inquiry in 2001, which was initiated following an unusually high mortality rate at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, the UK has been at the forefront of publishing these individual statistics, and since 2013, 30-day survival rates after heart surgery have been published for each hospital.

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