NCEPOD (usually pronounced "En-see-pod") is an abbreviation for National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death.
When the role of the NCEPOD was confined mainly to analysing anaesthetic and surgical outcomes, NCEPOD was called the National Confidential Enquiry into Peri-operative Death. When its remit was broadened to include medical patients as well, the same abbreviations were retained, but the name changed to its current form.
Role of NCEPOD
According to the NCEPOD web-site:
NCEPOD's purpose is to assist in maintaining and improving standards of medical and surgical care for the benefit of the public by reviewing the management of patients, by undertaking confidential surveys and research, and by maintaining and improving the quality of patient care and by publishing and generally making available the results of such activities.
The NCEPOD has published several reports (see full list at http://www.ncepod.org.uk/reports.htm)
- Who Operates When? II (2003)
- Timing of emergency surgery - see Operating at night
- Scoping Our Practice (2004)
- Standards in endoscopy
- An Acute Problem (2005)
- Acute and critical care provision.
- A service in need of surgery? (2005)
- The peri-operative care of abdominal aortic aneurysms
- The Coroners' Autopsy (2006)
- Review into the standards and organisations of coroner post-mortems
- Trauma: Who Cares? (2007)
- Examination into the standards of trauma care.
Urgency of Operations
- 1 - Emergency
- 2A - Urgent
- 2B - Prompt
- 3 - Scheduled
- 4 - Elective