Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2007; 55(6): 343-350
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-965485

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Cardiac Surgery in Germany during 2006: A Report on Behalf of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

J. F. Gummert1 , A. Funkat2 , A. Beckmann3 , W. Schiller4 , K. Hekmat5 , M. Ernst6 , A. Krian7
  • 1Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany
  • 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, Herzzentrum, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  • 3German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Berlin, Germany
  • 4Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • 5Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Ulm, Ulm, Germany
  • 6Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  • 7Department of Cardiac Surgery, Herzzentrum Duisburg, Duisburg, Germany
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received June 24, 2007

Publication Date:
24 August 2007 (online)


All cardiac surgical procedures performed in 81 German cardiac surgical units throughout the year 2006 are presented in this report, based on a voluntary registry which is organized by the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2006 a total of 97 123 cardiac surgical procedures (ICD and pacemakers procedures excluded) have been collected in this registry. More than 9.6 % of the patients were older than 80 years compared to 8.4 % in 2005. Hospital mortality in 51 273 isolated CABG procedures (10.1 % off-pump) was 3.1 %. In 20 028 isolated valve procedures a mortality of 4.9 % has been observed. This registry will continue to be an important tool of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery enabling a continuous and voluntary quality assurance and illustrating the development of cardiac surgery in Germany.


Prof. Dr. med. Jan F. Gummert

Klinik für Herz- und Thoraxchirurgie
Universitätsklinikum Jena

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