BACKGROUND: Clinical registries provide information on the process of care and patient outcomes, with the potential to improve the quality of patient care. A large Dutch national acute coronary syndrome (ACS) registry is currently lacking. Recently, we initiated the National Cardiovascular Database Registry (NCDR) for ACS in the Netherlands. The purpose of this study was to assess the NCDR ACS registry on feasibility and data completeness during a pilot phase of four snapshot weeks.
METHODS: Between 2013 and 2015, we invited all hospitals in the Netherlands to record a predefined dataset for every patient that was admitted to their hospital with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Data were entered in an online case report form. All patient-specific data were encrypted to ensure privacy.
RESULTS: A total of 392 patients were registered in 35 centres. The mean age of the patients was 64 years (SD 13); 8% of patients presented with signs of cardiogenic shock and 11% with an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The median time from first medical contact to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was 75 min (IQR 51-108) and this was significantly longer for patients who presented at a non-PCI centre or to a primary care physician. In-hospital and 30-day mortality rates were 5.2% and 7.8%, respectively. The amount of completeness varied, with improved completeness over time.
CONCLUSION: This report shows that a Dutch ACS registry is feasible with respect to STEMI patients. Data completeness, however, was suboptimal. Improved data completeness is warranted for the future.