STS National Database AFib Module Now Available

STS News, Spring 2012 -- The Society recently announced the availability of its new Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Module for Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participants. This webbased module will be used to collect and benchmark data for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation, the most common sustained cardiac rhythm disturbance. The AFib Module will collect detailed information on surgical therapy for this condition, helping to determine optimal approaches.

“We’ve created a user-friendly data set that will help track valuable information on patients as well as lesion sets, technology used, complications, and, ultimately, the efficacy of this important adjunctive procedure to many of our standard cardiac operations,” said Richard J. Shemin, MD, Chair of the AFib Module Implementation Task Force. “One hundred percent participation by Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participants would provide powerful information that would benefit patients, surgeons, and STS advocacy efforts.”

Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participants are encouraged to join in this important quality improvement initiative. Participation in the STS AFib Module is free of charge for 2012. Interested participants should complete an Amendment to the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database Participation Agreement; only AFib cases performed on or after July 1, 2011 may be submitted.

AFib Module participants must submit accurate and complete data (consecutive AFib cases) for each relevant harvest period. Participants may only submit cases performed by their cardiothoracic surgeons on Schedule A of the corresponding STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database Participation Agreement.

For more information, please contact Gerard Tarafa, Operations Manager of The STS National Database, at gtarafa [at] sts [dot] org or (312) 202-5858.