BACKGROUND: The Preventable Shunt Revision Rate (PSRR) was recently introduced as a novel quality metric. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the PSRR across multiple centers and determine associated variables. METHODS:Nine participating centers in NorthAmerica provided at least 2 years of consecutive shunt operations. Index surgery was defined as newshunt implantation, or revision of an existing shunt. For any index surgery that resulted in a reoperation within 90-days, index surgery information (demographic, clinical, and procedural) was collected and a decision made whether the failure was potentially preventable. The 90-day shunt failure rate and PSRR were calculated per institution and combined. Bivariate analyses were performed to evaluate individual effects of each independent variable on preventable shunt failure followed by a final multivariable model using a backward model selection approach. RESULTS: A total of 5092 shunt operations were performed; 861 failed within 90 days of index operation, resulting in a 16.9% combined 90-day shunt failure rate and 17.6% median failure rate (range, 8.7%-26.9%). Of the failures, 307 were potentially preventable (overall and median 90-day PSRR, 35.7% and 33.9%, respectively; range, 16.1%-55.4%). The most commonetiologies of avoidable failurewere infection (n=134, 44%) and proximal catheter malposition (n = 83, 27%). Independent predictors of preventable failure (P < .05) were lack of endoscopy (odds ratio [OR] = 2.26), recent shunt infection (OR = 3.65), shunt type (OR = 2.06) and center. CONCLUSION: PSRR is variable across institutions, but can be 50% or higher. While the PSRR may never reach zero, this study demonstrates that overall about a third of early failures are potentially preventable.
- Preventable shunt revision rate
- Shunt malfunction
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