PINBALL Inception Cohort Study

ANZICS CTG Endorsed Study

PINBALL Inception Cohort Study

Prophylactic intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation in high-risk cardiac surgery: an inception cohort study

Study Description

PINBALL was a prospective observational study investigating current management strategies and outcomes of high risk patients undergoing CABG surgery. It is part of a program of research ultimately designed to determine the feasibility of an RCT of prophylactic IABP for high risk patients undergoing CABG surgery.

Management Committee

Ed Litton (Chair), Frances Bass, Anthony Delaney, Mark Edwards, Graham Hillis, Silvana Marasco, Dan Mullany, Paul Myles, Chris Reid, and Julian Smith.

Project Manager

Nicole Marrow


Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons Database Program.

Project Status

The project results were published in the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia in January 2018.

Results Publication

Litton E, Bass F, Delaney A, Hillis G, Marasco S, McGuinness S, Myles PS, Reid CM, Smith JA; PINBALL study investigators and the ANZICS CTG. Six-Month Outcomes After High-Risk Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery and Preoperative Intra-aortic Balloon Counterpulsation Use: An Inception Cohort Study. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2018 Jan 5. pii: S1053-0770(18)30008-9. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2018.01.005. [Epub ahead of print].




Ed Litton (email)