STS National Database News: CHSD Edition, September/October 2018

September/October 2018

Pre-Order Recordings from the 2018 AQO Meeting
If you weren’t able to attend the recent Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting in Hollywood, you can see photos from the meeting in the Society’s flickr album and experience the exceptional content delivered during the meeting by purchasing AQO Online. Pre-order just the Congenital Heart Surgery Database sessions or a complete set. AQO Online will be available for access in mid-November and—new for 2018—includes the ability to earn CE or CEU credit. Note: Meeting attendees will be given free online access to the sessions for which they were registered. For more information, contact Emily Conrad.

Also, don’t miss this video of STS President Keith S. Naunheim, MD welcoming attendees to AQO. He emphasized how data manager contributions are important to the quality of the STS National Database and highlighted STS resources for data collection.

Sign Up for New Database Mentorship Program
The Society has launched an STS National Database mentorship program that will pair experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. After filling out a questionnaire, potential mentors and mentees will be matched based on Database type, experience in specific areas, and other factors. To apply as either a mentor or mentee, please fill out the appropriate form. You will be notified once you have been matched. If you have questions about the program, contact Emily Conrad.

CHSD Adds Site in India
The STS National Database’s reach has now expanded to India with surgeons at the New Age Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai joining the CHSD. Currently, more than 1,000 surgeons and anesthesiologists in five countries—including India, Israel, Singapore, Canada, and the United States—participate in the CHSD. If you have international colleagues who may be interested in participating, share information on how they can sign up.

Quick Hits: Surgeon Lists, 2019 Harvest Schedule, FAQs

  • Review your list of participating surgeons and submit any necessary changes on the Participant Contact Form no later than Wednesday, October 31. Database participation fees for 2019 will be based partially on the number of active surgeons listed. Please also ensure that your Billing Contact is up-to-date so that the correct person receives the invoice.
  • The harvest schedule for 2019 is now available. Please note that data submission for the Spring 2019 Harvest opens Monday, October 22.
  • If you’re feeling stumped on an abstraction question, don’t forget to check a list of frequently asked questions and answers to see if someone else has had the same issue. The latest CHSD-related questions address sepsis and pacemakers. If you have a question that you’d like answered, fill out the Clinical Question Request Form.