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

January/February 2019

Deadlines Approach for Public Reporting, Data Submission, Research Proposals
Upcoming CHSD deadlines include:

  • Monday, March 11: Consent forms for new/revised enrollments in the next round of STS Public Reporting Online are due. Public reporting results posted this summer will include star ratings based on a hospital’s overall observed-to-expected operative mortality ratio for all patients undergoing pediatric and/or congenital cardiac surgery. This is the only opportunity for CHSD participants to publicly report in 2019. If you miss this deadline, you won’t be able to enroll in STS Public Reporting until March 2020. To enroll, complete the consent form and fax it to 312-202-5867 or email it to Sydney ClintonIf you already participate in public reporting, you do not need to submit a new form unless you are making changes.
  • Friday, March 22: Data submission for the Spring 2019 Harvest closes. Please ensure that all data for the January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2018 reporting period is entered by this date. Refer to the 2019 harvest schedule for more information.
  • Monday, April 1: Clinical research proposals based on data in the CHSD 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 April 1 deadline, the next round of proposals will be due October 1.

New Resources Added to STS Website 
Take advantage of CHSD resources freely available on the Society’s website,

  • An updated training manual for version 3.41 of the CHSD, which went into effect on January 1, is now available on the CHSD Data Collection page. In addition, the annotated Data Collection Form for version 3.41 is available in both PDF and Word formats.
  • Executive summaries for the Fall 2018 Harvest have been released. Each executive summary (all patients, adults, children, infants, and neonates) provides a high-level overview of the CHSD for that particular harvest period, including volume data and unadjusted operative mortality for selected procedures.
  • New items have been added to the frequently asked questions and answers section. If you have a question that you’d like answered, fill out the Clinical Question Request Form.

Check Out Congenital Heart Surgery Articles on STS Patient Website
The Society’s patient website,, provides easily understandable information, videos, and graphics on cardiothoracic diseases, as well as useful tips and explanations on preparation for surgery and recovery. Pages on Before Congenital Heart Surgery, Day of Congenital Heart Surgery, and After Congenital Heart Surgery explain what parents can expect leading up to their child’s procedure, who will be involved with the surgery, and what will happen in the days and weeks afterward. 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.

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 CHSD 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.