Effect of hospital volume on in-hospital mortality for renal artery bypass

J. Gregory Modrall, Eric B. Rosero, Stephen T. Smith, Frank R. Arko, R. James Valentine, G. Patrick Clagett, Carlos H. Timaran

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Background: A recent report determined that the nationwide mortality for renal artery bypass (RAB) is surprisingly high-10%. We hypothesized that operative mortality for RAB is related to the volume of such operations performed in each center. Methods: The Nationwide Inpatient Sample was analyzed to identify patients undergoing RAB for the years 2000-2005. In-hospital mortality for RAB was compared between hospitals. Results: During the study period, RAB was performed on 7413 patients with an overall in-hospital mortality of 9.6%. The multivariate logistic regression analyses revealed that after adjusting for surgical risk, increasing hospital volume was significantly associated with decreased in-hospital mortality for RAB (odds ratio 0.98; 95% confidence interval, 0.96-0.99; P =.015). Conclusions: Patient risk profile and hospital volume are critical determinants of in-hospital mortality for RAB, which should be factored into decision making for patients requiring intervention for renovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-345
Number of pages7
JournalVascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Bypass
  • Outcomes
  • Renal artery
  • Renovascular


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