NEW euroSCORE 2010

 

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logo What is the project?

EuroSCORE is the world's most widely used cardiac surgical risk model, but it was based on patients operated on in 1995. There is evidence that it may be out of date. Although it remains powerful in discriminating between low-risk and high-risk patients, many centres have reported that for them it overpredicts risk (a few centres still say it underpredicts risk). We need to find out if the model should be recalibrated, so we are collecting new data.


logo Why collect new data? There are so many databases out there already!

We could use existing databases, but most are not validated and we have no way of verifying their quality. One of the reasons for the success of the EuroSCORE model is that it was built on a robust and clean database, collected by willing volunteer centres. We would like to keep that standard.


logoThe Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) already has several risk models. Why do we need to update the EuroSCORE?

We showed in the past that the EuroSCORE performs as well in Europe as in North America, where the STS risk models were developed. Although the STS risk models are widely in use, many cardiac surgery units prefer the EuroSCORE because it is easier and faster to use.


logo We participated in the original EuroSCORE data collection. Will this be the same?

No, it will be much easier! The differences will be the following:


logo Will the data be treated confidentially?

Yes. Patient, centre and surgeon anonymity is guaranteed to all participants.


logo I am worried that our results may not be among the best. Should we participate?

Absolutely! It is vital that the data come from all types of centre, and not just so-called centres of excellence. In fact, if only the centres with the best outcomes participate, the risk model will be a harsh one on everyone else. To have a good and fair model, it is important to have a mix of centres, and to ensure that all deaths are reported.


logoWhen does data collection begin?

The website is under construction and will be tested to make sure it is user-friendly and robust. All being well, data collection will begin early in 2010.


logoHow long will we have to collect data?

That depends on the number of centres participating. The more centres, the quicker the exercise. We already have more than 100 centres committed to the project, and expect that number to increase very rapidly with this announcement. If enough centres participate, we may be able to complete the data collection in less than 3 weeks. The longest we shall ask for will be 3 months.


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For more information contact:

Sam Nashef   sam.nashef@papworth.nhs.uk


 

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