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Open Access Research article

Variation of mortality after coronary artery bypass surgery in relation to hour, day and month of the procedure

Ann Coumbe1, Ranjit John2, Michael Kuskowski3, Mehmet Agirbasli4, Edward O McFalls1 and Selcuk Adabag1*

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Cardiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55417, USA

2 Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Veterans Administration Medical Center, One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55417, USA

3 Geriatric Research Education Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55417, USA

4 Department of Cardiology, Marmara University, Tophanelioglu caddesi, Altunizade, Istanbul, Turkey

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BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2011, 11:63  doi:10.1186/1471-2261-11-63

Published: 20 October 2011

Abstract

Background

Mortality and complications after percutaneous coronary intervention is higher when performed after regular duty hours due to challenging patient characteristics, inferior processes of care and limited resources. Since these challenges are also encountered during coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery that is performed after regular work hours, we assessed whether hour and day of procedure influenced mortality after CABG.

Methods

We studied 4,714 consecutive patients who underwent CABG at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center between 1987 and 2009. We compared postoperative (30-day) mortality rates in relation to hour and day in which the operation was performed.

Results

Operations performed on weekends and after 4 PM had higher risk patients (p < 0.0001) and were more likely to be emergent (p < 0.0001), require intra-aortic balloon pump support (p < 0.0001) and result in postoperative complications (p < 0.0001) compared to those at regular work hours. Mortality was significantly higher when CABG was performed on weekends compared to weekdays (9.4% versus 2.5%; odds ratio (OR) 4.1, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.6 to 10.4, p = 0.003), and after 4 PM compared to between 7 AM-4 PM (6.2% versus 2.2%; OR 2.9, 95% CI 1 to 8, p = 0.049). In multivariable analysis, when adjusted for the urgency of the operation and the VA estimated mortality risk score, these associations were no longer statistically significant.

Conclusions

Mortality after CABG is higher when surgery is performed on the weekends and after 4 PM. These variations in mortality were related to higher patient risk, and urgency of the operation rather than external factors.

Keywords:
coronary artery bypass surgery; mortality