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Focus on specific disease-part 2: the European Society of Thoracic Surgery chest wall database

Authors: Benedetta Bedetti, Davide Patrini, Luca Bertolaccini, Roberto Crisci, Piergiorgio Solli, Joachim Schmidt, Marco Scarci

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Background: Data collection has gained a great importance in numerous areas in the last years and also in the medical field. Collecting data is the key to knowledge and consequently improving data quality is fundamental, as the results of the data analysis can have a large impact on the clinical practice.
Methods: Collected data can be employed to assess the performance of surgeons or institutions and to implement hospital´s performance and productivity. The chest wall database is one of the satellites composing the European Society of Thoracic Surgery (ESTS) database and includes data on risk factors, surgical techniques, processes of care and outcomes related to chest wall pathologies. The participation to the registry is free and voluntary for the ESTS members. The ESTS chest wall database includes data on risk factors, surgical techniques, processes of care and outcomes related to chest wall pathologies. The collected data are designed for quality control and performance audit. Acquired data are anonymous, independently accessed and encrypted on a Dendrite platform, which provides data security and regular backups. The registry is managed by an external company (KData Clinicak Srl), which works together with the database committee in revising and updating periodically the database.
Results: The ESTS chest wall database is structured in four main sections: preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative and follow up. For each procedure registered in the database are collected a number of different variables regarding the patients’ characteristics, the surgical technique, the postoperative course until the discharge and also follow up data. Correction of pectus excavatum is the most common procedures registered in 2017 (392 patients, 67% of all data), followed by pectus bar removal (159 patients, 27% of all procedures).
Conclusions: The ESTS chest wall database is an ambitious European project, which aims to standardize all chest wall procedures in all their aspects.

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