STS National Database News: ACSD Edition, July/August 2019

July/August 2019

Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration for AQO Meeting
Registration and housing are now open for the 2019 Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting, October 23–25 in New Orleans. The adult cardiac sessions will provide guidance on many topics, including abstracting and coding for aorta data collection, mitral valve cases, and the hemodynamics/echo section of the data collection form. A session for new ACSD data managers will be held on Wednesday, with the ACSD educational track on Thursday. Register today and reserve your housing at the Marriott New Orleans. Prices increase after Friday, August 23. If you need a personalized justification letter to attend the meeting, fill out this form.

Submit Questions and Case Scenarios for AQO Meeting
The Society is collecting questions and case scenarios for a panel of experts to discuss during the AQO Meeting. Attendees are urged to submit questions in advance so that presenters have time to prepare thoughtful answers. ACSD topics that will be discussed during the meeting include the risk model, echo and hemodynamics, Maze procedures, mitral valve, and the aorta. Submit a question or case scenario by Friday, August 16.

Next Data Submission Deadline Is August 23 
Data submission for period 3 will close Friday, August 23, and the last day to opt out is Monday, August 26. For the most up-to-date information, check the harvest schedule. The period 2 Data Analysis Report is expected to be released by the end of July. 

View Data Collection Updates
The latest training manual (v2.9) published on the ACSD Data Collection page was revised in July and contains important information to help with data abstraction. Updates are posted at the beginning of each month. Bookmarks help identify the latest updates in the downloaded PDF.

Update Your Site Info
Make sure to update your site’s contact information (including participating surgeons and anesthesiologists) via the web-based Participant Contact Form.  

Learn More about CABG Surgery
Data on more than 160,000 coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgeries are entered into the ACSD each year. Have you ever wanted to know more about the procedure? The Society’s patient website,, provides easily understandable information on cardiothoracic diseases and how they are treated using text, videos, graphics, and animations. A new CABG page was recently added to the website, explaining what CABG is, who is a good candidate for CABG surgery, and recovery after CABG. If you interact with patients at your institution, make sure to share this important resource—handouts are available for download in both English and Spanish. If you have feedback or questions about the patient website, contact Jennifer Bagley at