All cardiac surgical procedures performed in 79 German cardiac surgical units throughout the year 2008 are illustrated in this report, based on a voluntary registry which is organized by the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2008 a total of 99 176 cardiac surgical procedures (ICD and pacemakers procedures excluded) have been collected. More than 10.3 % of the patients were older than 80 years compared to 9.8 % in 2007. Hospital mortality in 47 337 isolated CABG procedures (11.3 % off-pump) was 2.8 %. In 22 243 isolated valve procedures a mortality of 4.7 % has been observed. This voluntary registry of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery continues to be an important tool enabling quality control and illustrating the development of cardiac surgery in Germany.
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart New York.