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01-06-2014 | Special Article | Uitgave 6/2014 Open Access

Netherlands Heart Journal 6/2014

Quality of care: not hospital but operator volume of pacemaker implantations counts

Netherlands Heart Journal > Uitgave 6/2014
N. M. van Hemel


Literature about pacemaker (PM) implantations shows that several clinical and technical factors determine the short- and long-term complications after the intervention. Annual hospital volume, however, does not negatively affect complications in contrast with the cumulative experience of the operator. In view of this observation, the current required number of 20 to 30 first PM implantations for cardiology training does not match standards for quality of care. In addition, concentration of implants and replacement of pacemakers to a limited number of operators per hospital to comply with the increasing demands of patients and other parties has to be seriously considered.

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