STS National Database News: CHSD Edition, May/June 2019

May/June 2019

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Learn Exciting News about the STS National Database
The STS National Database is undergoing a major transformation that will both enhance and optimize your current Database experience. The Society is partnering with a leading global provider of advanced technology solutions, IQVIA, to speed innovation, incorporate a cloud-based system, and dramatically streamline data collection. These changes not only represent the next generation STS National Database, but they also mean easier, real-time access to your data for quality improvement that will lead to better patient outcomes. Learn more about these changes in a video featuring Drs. Bob Higgins, Vinay Badhwar, Felix Fernandez, and Tom MacGillivray. Answers to frequently asked questions about the transformation also are available online.

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. This form allows you to add or remove contacts, change your software vendor, and update your hospital name and NPI numbers. If you have any questions, contact Derek Steck at

AQO Early Bird Reg and Housing Deadlines Approach
Three important deadlines are approaching for the 2019 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting, October 23-25 in New Orleans:

  • Data Manager Survey: Please take 5 minutes by August 16 to complete an important survey and let us know how often you submit data to the STS National Database, how long it takes you to abstract data, how you use analysis reports, and other Database-related details. The results will be revealed at the AQO Meeting. 
  • Registration: Complete your meeting registration online by August 23 before prices increase.
  • Housing: A special STS guaranteed rates is offered through Wednesday, October 2. Reserve your housing at the New Orleans Marriott.

This popular annual meeting highlights what’s new with the STS National Database and offers important networking opportunities and valuable educational sessions on evidence-based practice to improve outcomes. View the preliminary agenda, and if you need a personalized justification letter to attend the meeting, fill out this form.

View Data Collection Updates 
The latest training manual (v3.41) published on the CHSD Data Collection Page was updated this month and contains important information to help with data abstraction, such as how to more accurately code arrhythmias. Updates can be accessed easily in the bookmarked section of the downloaded PDF. 

Accurately Coding Arrhythmias
When capturing complications during the intraoperative period, it is important to code only unintended events and courses of action that are not normal. Short periods of pacing (a temporary dissociated rhythm) are normal following a procedure and coming off pump or defibrillating after removal of a cross clamp. Notes to this effect have been added to the training manual for:

  • Arrhythmia requiring drug therapy (code 72)
  • Arrhythmia requiring electrical cardioversion or defibrillation (code 73)
  • Arrhythmia necessitating pacemaker, Temporary pacemaker (code 75)

Five Questions Parents Ask About Heart Defects
The Society’s patient website,, provides easily understandable information on cardiothoracic diseases using text, videos, graphics, and animations. The website also features a series of blog articles written by surgeons and, occasionally, by patients. Dr. Lauren C. Kane, chair of the STS Patient Information Task Force, recently provided the article, “Five Questions Parents Ask About Heart Defects.” 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

Volunteer to Be a Database Mentor
Mentors are still needed for the STS National Database Mentorship Program. Sign up as a mentor today.

Become an STS Member 
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