The 2020 ESC-ACVC quality indicators for the management of acute myocardial infarction applied to the FAST-MI registries

Eur Heart J Acute Cardiovasc Care. 2021 Apr 8;10(2):207-215. doi: 10.1093/ehjacc/zuab010.


Aims: We estimated the 2020 European Society of Cardiology-Acute Cardio Vascular Care (ESC-ACVC) quality indicators (QI) for the management of acute myocardial infarction, from three existing registries to determine the feasibility of assessment, room for improvement, association with outcomes, and suitability for centre benchmarking.

Methods and results: Data were extracted from three French nationwide registries, namely FAST-MI 2005, 2010, and 2015. Feasibility of assessment and room for improvement were estimated by the denominator (patients in whom QI could be measured) and numerator (patients who satisfied the QI, among those eligible). Associations between composite QIs (CQIs) and mortality were assessed by multivariate analysis. Centre benchmarking was based on the centres mean CQI, vs. the national mean. The 2020 QIs were measured in 12 660/13 130 patients from FAST-MI. Measurement feasibility ranged from 15% to 100% with greater potential for implementation with the 2020 QI set. The mean (±SD) value of the opportunity-based CQI was 0.72 ± 0.01 and attainment of the all-or-none CQI 8.5%. Both CQIs were associated with adjusted 1-year mortality. Centre categorization into low, intermediate, and high quality was feasible, and distinguished centres with differing mortality.

Conclusion: Most of the 2020 QI can be measured from existing registries in all domains but not in the patient's satisfaction domain. This assessment shows potential for implementation. Both CQIs were inversely associated with one-year mortality and centre benchmarking was feasible.

Keywords: Benchmarking; Myocardial infarction; Quality indicators; Registries.