STS National Database News: ACSD Edition, January/February 2019

January/February 2019

Deadlines Approach for Data Submission, Public Reporting, Research Proposals
A number of important ACSD deadlines are coming up in the next 2 months:

  • Friday, February 22: Data submission for Harvest 1 closes. Please ensure that all data for the January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018 reporting period is entered by this date. Check the 2019 harvest schedule for additional details.
  • Monday, March 11: Consent forms for new/revised enrollments in the next round of STS Public Reporting Online are due. ACSD participants can publicly report overall scores and star ratings for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR), AVR+CABG, isolated mitral valve repair/replacement (MVRR), and MVRR+CABG. To enroll, complete the consent form and fax it to 312-202-5867 or email it to Sydney Clinton. If you already participate in public reporting, you do not need to submit a new form unless you are making changes.
  • Friday, March 15: Clinical research proposals based on data in the ACSD are due. STS funding is available for a number of novel, well-conceived, and hypothesis-driven proposals—detailed analysis plans with shell tables and figures are strongly encouraged. Collaborative projects involving multiple institutions that can be completed within 9-12 months will receive extra consideration. More information is available on the Access & Publications page; submit inquiries and proposals to Kristin Mathis. If you cannot meet the March 15 deadline, the next round of proposals will be due October 25.

Ensure that UDIs Are Entered
Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs) for class III devices, including heart valves and ventricular assist devices, should be entered into the Valve, VAD, and Aorta sections of the ACSD. The sequence numbers for version 2.9 are 3340, 3380, 3490, 3635, 3680, 3720, 3820, and 5470-5820. These are some of the few fields in the ACSD that allow for automatic abstraction from your institution’s electronic health record system to your STS Certified Vendor software. Please consult with your software vendor if the UDIs are not autopopulating. If not available in the medical record, you should be able to get the UDIs from operating room staff.


Check Out New VA ECMO Page on STS Patient Website
A new page relating to veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been added to the Society’s patient website, ctsurgerypatients.org. Using graphics and simple, easy-to-understand language in both English and Spanish, the page explains what ECMO is, how it works, who should receive it, and the associated risks. If you have feedback or questions, contact Jennifer Bagley.


Annual Meeting Begins Soon
The STS 55th Annual Meeting kicks off in just over a week, January 27-29 in San Diego! The Abstract Book, containing full text for all scientific abstracts to be presented at the meeting, recently was released. Of particular note are the Richard E. Clark Memorial Papers, which feature research utilizing data from the STS National Database. Additional sessions of interest to Database participants and data managers include “The Multidisciplinary Team: How We Do It,” “Research Using the STS National Database,” and “Quality Improvement in Cardiothoracic Surgery.” Registration for the meeting is still available online or onsite in San Diego beginning Friday, January 25.


Access 2018 AQO Online
Experience the exceptional content that was delivered during the 2018 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting from the convenience of your home or office. AQO Online, available as a full compilation or by STS National Database component, includes unlimited, on-demand viewing and—new this year—the ability to earn CE or CEU credit. It also includes the option to download slides from the meeting. Purchase the complete set or just the Adult Cardiac Surgery sessions today. AQO attendees have free access to the sessions for which they were registered.

Save the date: The 2019 AQO Meeting is scheduled for October 23-25 in New Orleans! Abstracts will be accepted this spring. Data managers and STS National Database participants are encouraged to begin thinking about quality improvement projects that may be completed over the next few months and submitted as abstracts.

For more information on AQO Online or the 2019 AQO Meeting, contact Emily Conrad.