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German Heart Surgery Report 2016: The Annual Updated Registry of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Source Name: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon


Andreas Beckmann, Anne-Katrin Funkat, Jana Lewandowski, Michael Frie, Markus Ernst, Khosro Hekmat, Wolfgang Schiller, Jan F. Gummert, Wolfgang Harringer

Beckmann and colleagues present data from over 100,000 heart surgery procedures performed at 78 German centers in 2016. Registry data, divided by procedure type and compared over the last decade, show increases in the proportion of elderly patients, the usage of transcatheter procedures, and the implantation of left ventricular assist devices. The analysis also indicates consistently excellent patient survival rates and nationwide provision of cardiac surgical care.


There is also now a world wide trend towards the use of minimal access surgery. I would like to ask the authors if they noticed any increase in the use of minimal access approaches when they analysed the german data base
Excellent work again, I guess the key word is 'voluntary' , and the next step to achieve a robust compulsory register in Germany ( as well as in the United Kingdom and the rest of the cardiothoracic world) Best Regards

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