The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety, with the corollary potential to be a powerful tool for clinical research. Since that time, the Database has grown exponentially both in terms of participation and stature. Today, it is the gold standard for specialty outcomes databases. By participating in the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, and/or Congenital Heart Surgery Databases, cardiothoracic surgeons are committing to improving the quality of care that their patients receive.
Why Participation in the STS National Database Is Important
Features Drs. David S. Shahian, Richard L. Prager, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, and Benjamin D. Kozower
Forming a New Regional Quality Cooperative: You Can Do It
Features Drs. James R. Edgerton, Jeffrey B. Rich, Richard L. Prager, and Baron L. Hamman
What We’ve Learned So Far from the STS/ACC TVT Registry
Features Drs. David R. Holmes, Michael J. Mack, Patrick T. O'Gara, Frederick L. Grover, and Vinod H. Thourani