Failure to Rescue Contributes to Center-Level Differences in Mortality After Lung Transplantation.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

BACKGROUND: The clinical response to postoperative complications after lung transplantation (LTx) may contribute to mortality differences among transplantation centers. The ability to avoid mortality after a complication-failure to rescue (FTR)-may be an effective quality metric in LTx. METHODS: The United Network for Organ Sharing database was queried for adult, first-time, lung-only transplantations from May 2005 to December 2015. Transplantation centers were stratified into equal-sized terciles on the basis of observed operative mortality rates. Several postoperative complications were identified, including stroke, acute rejection, acute kidney injury requiring hemodialysis, airway dehiscence, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation 72 hours after surgery. Rates of FTR were calculated as the number of operative mortalities in patients who had complications divided by the number of patients who had any postoperative complications. RESULTS: Our study population included 16,411 LTx operations performed at 69 transplantation centers. LTx centers were stratified into terciles with average perioperative mortality of 4.0% for low-mortality centers, 6.9% for intermediate-mortality centers, and 12.4% for high-mortality centers. Low-mortality centers had slightly lower complication rates (low, 15.0% vs intermediate, 17.1% vs high, 19.1%; P < .001). Differences in FTR rate were significantly more pronounced (low, 14.9% vs intermediate, 23.9% vs high, 34.2%; P < .001). Multivariable logistic regression and generalized linear models demonstrated an independent association between high FTR rates and high mortality in LTx (P < .001). CONCLUSIONS: Differences in rates of FTR contribute significantly to per-center variability in mortality after LTx. FTR can serve as a quality metric to identify opportunities for improvement in management of perioperative adverse events.

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Cited Authors

  • Osho, AA; Bishawi, MM; Mulvihill, MS; Axtell, AL; Hirji, SA; Spencer, PJ; Heng, EE; D'Alessandro, DA; Melnitchouk, S; Hartwig, MG; Villavicencio, MA

Published Date

  • January 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 109 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 218 - 224

PubMed ID

  • 31470009

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31470009

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6259

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.07.013


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands