How to improve patient safety and quality of care in breast implant surgery? First outcomes from the Dutch Breast Implant Registry (2015-2017)

P. E. R. Spronk*, B. E. Becherer, J. Hommes, X. H. A. Keuter, D. A. Young-Afat, M. J. Hoornweg, M. W. J. M. Wouters, M. A. M. Mureau, H. A. Rakhorst

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Background: Although the use of breast implants is generally considered to be safe, breast implants are associated with short- and long-term complications. To evaluate and improve the quality of breast implant surgery, and increase our knowledge of implant performance, the national Dutch Breast Implant Registry (DBIR) was established in 2015. DBIR is one of the first up-and-running breast implant registries worldwide and follows an opt-out structure.

Objective: This article provides an overview of the first outcomes and experiences of the DBIR.

Methods: The national coverage of DBIR was studied using data from the Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate. The incidence rate of breast implants was calculated for 2016 and 2017, and patient, device, and surgery characteristics were compared between cosmetic breast augmentations or reconstructive indications. Four infection control, measures were selected to demonstrate the variation in the Dutch clinical practice.

Results: In 2016, 95% of the hospitals and 78% of the private clinics participated in DBIR. Between 2015 and 2017, a total of 15,049 patients and 30,541 breast implants were included. A minimum breast implant incidence rate of 1 per 1,691 women could be determined for 2017. The majority of devices were inserted for a cosmetic indication (85.2%). In general, patient, device, and surgery characteristics differed per indication group. Substantial variation was seen in the use of infection control measures (range 0-100%).

Conclusion: Preliminary results obtained from DBIR show high national participation rates and support further developments toward the improvement of breast implant surgery and patient safety. (C) 2019 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1607-1615
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Breast implants
  • Clinical auditing
  • Implant registry
  • Quality of care
  • RISK

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