Background: The Dutch Surgical Aneurysm Audit (DSAA) is a nationwide mandatory quality registry that evaluates the perioperative outcomes of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). The DSAA includes perioperative outcomes that occur up to 30 days, but various complications following AAA repair occur after this period. Administrative healthcare data yield the possibility to evaluate later occuring outcomes such as reinterventions, without increasing the registration burden. The aim of this study is to assess the feasibility and the potential benefit of administrative healthcare data to evaluate mid-term reinterventions following intact AAA repair. Method: All patients that underwent primary endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) or open surgical repair (OSR) for an intact infrarenal AAA between January 2017 and December 2018 were selected from the DSAA. Subsequently, these patients were identified in a database containing reimbursement data. Healthcare activity codes that refer to reinterventions following AAA repair were examined to assess reinterventions within 12 and 15 months following EVAR and OSR. Results: We selected 4043 patients from the DSAA, and 2059 (51%) patients could be identified in the administrative healthcare database. Reintervention rates of 10.4% following EVAR and 9.5% following OSR within 12 months (p = 0.719), and 11.5% following EVAR and 10.8% following OSR within 15 months (p = 0.785) were reported. Conclusion: Administrative healthcare data as an addition to the DSAA is potentially beneficial to evaluate mid-term reinterventions following intact AAA repair without increasing the registration burden for clinicians. Further validation is necessary before reliable implementation of this tool is warranted.
The authors would like to thank the members of the Dutch Society for Vascular Surgery who registered their patients in the DSAA, the Dutch Institute for Clinical Auditing that facilitated the registry, and the Steering Committee of the Dutch Surgical Aneurysm Audit. Source of funding: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
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