Introduction: The use of molecular biomarkers to guide lung cancer management has led to increasing frequency and amounts of tissue required for repeat lung biopsies. While patient safety and reporting of adverse events has been increasingly emphasized in recent decades, the safety of lung biopsies in patients with lung cancer has only been studied in small cohorts. We therefore analyzed adverse events in patients with lung cancer undergoing lung biopsies in the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) database. Methods: Data were abstracted using ICD-9 lung cancer diagnosis (162.X) and lung biopsy procedure codes (33.20, 33.24, 33.25, 33.26, 33.27, 33.28) from 2001 to 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient-Safety Indicators (PSI) were used to identify hospital-acquired adverse events. Weighted analyses were performed using SAS version 9.4. Results: A total of 540,747 patients were included for analysis. The number of biopsies increased over time, from 51,221 in 2001, to 63,239 in 2010 (P < 0.001). Overall, 159,683 (30%) patients suffered ≥ 1-PSI event during their hospitalization. Incidence of PSI varied by biopsy type: bronchoscopic (26%), percutaneous (34%), surgical (39%). The proportion of patients with ≥ 1 PSI event increased from 24% in 2001 to 38% in 2010 (P < 0.001). Patients with ≥ 1 PSI had longer length of stay (mean, 11.6 vs 8.1 days; P < 0.001) and higher in-hospital mortality (adjusted odds ratio, 5.9, 95% CI 3.9–8.9; P < 0.001). Conclusions: The frequency of lung biopsies performed and rate of documented adverse events in hospitalized lung cancer patients have increased. These findings have policy, funding, research, and practice implications.
- Lung cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine