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17 De Novo Cardiac Rhythm Management Device Complications at 1-Year – Introducing Mortality Censoring
  1. CEP Brough,
  2. C McGee,
  3. A Rao,
  4. DJ Wright
  1. ICMS at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital


Introduction Cardiac rhythm device implantation rates continue to grow, yet procedure complications are inadequately reported. Accurate reporting is necessary to generate quality standards as a benchmark for consultant revalidation. We present complication rates within the first year following de novo pacemaker (PPM), defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronisation (CRT) implant procedures. Mortality censoring is introduced as a novel method for analysing such data.

Methods Between April 2008–March 2011, consecutive virgin PPM, ICD and CRT device implants were prospectively followed for 1 year post implant for pre-defined complications.

Results 2614 new devices were implanted. Mean patient follow-ups were 0.94, 0.98 and 0.95 years for PPM, ICD and CRT devices respectively.

Abstract 17 Table 1

Complications according to device category

Mortality at 1 year after PPM, ICD or CRT implant was 9.43%, 4.40% and 10.38%.

Abstract 17 Table 2

Mortality censored complications (CI; confidence intervals)

Conclusion Complication rates for new PPM, ICD and CRT implants are 5.23%, 4.69% and 7.64% at 1-year. Censoring data for mortality aids data interpretation.

  • Pacemaker
  • Complications
  • Quality

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