STS National Database News: GTSD Edition, July/August 2020

July/August 2020

AQO Abstracts Due August 7; Registration Is Open
Submit your abstracts now for Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting. The deadline is Friday, August 7. This conference, which will be held virtually September 29–October 2, is the perfect forum to share valuable research and best practices with hundreds of peers. Registration is open and a preliminary agenda has been posted on the STS website. The Society also is collecting questions and case scenarios for experts to discuss during the AQO Meeting. Submit your questions or case scenarios through the STS Clinical Question Request Form by Friday, September 4.

  • Tuesday, September 29 – Intermacs/Pedimacs
  • Wednesday, September 30 – General Thoracic
  • Thursday, October 1 – Adult Cardiac
  • Friday, October 2 – Congenital

Launch of Webinar Series for New Data Managers
STS is launching a webinar series for new data managers abstracting for the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD). Various topics will be covered during the quarterly webinars, including software and data specifications, understanding data abstraction requirements and harvest schedules, and a host of relevant web resources. The first session, to be held on Thursday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m. CT, will be a “Back to Basics” webinar. While the intended audience is new data managers, these webinars could serve as helpful refreshers for seasoned users as well. View the STS National Database Webinars page for the complete webinar schedule.


Direct Data Entry Now Available
A direct data entry (DDE) option launched on July 1 for the GTSD and Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, which means you no longer need to use third-party vendor software to submit data unless you want to do so. DDE is offered at no additional cost, and participants should enter data directly into the IQVIA platform. For more information, contact the STS National Database team at STSDB@sts.org.


Data Harvest Update
Data submission for the Fall 2020 Harvest closes on Friday, September 18. Please ensure that all data with procedure dates through the June 30, 2020 reporting period are entered by this date. Check the 2020 Harvest Schedule for additional details. Spring 2020 Harvest results are coming soon and will include procedure dates through December 31, 2019. GTSD participants will be informed as soon as there is an official date regarding the release of the results.


Review Findings from GTSD Annual Report on Outcomes and Research
The “STS General Thoracic Surgery Database: 2020 Update on Outcomes and Research” is available online now in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. This annual report provides the latest information on outcomes, volume trends, and database improvements, as well as a summary of research productivity from the GTSD. The report, by Elliot L. Servais, MD, and colleagues, will appear in the September 2020 print edition.


Timely Blog Posts Available for Patients
The STS patient website, ctsurgerypatients.org, offers immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. The website also features blog posts from surgeons and others on topics of special interest, such as lung surgery, smoking, and COVID-19. Some of the latest articles include:

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. Contact Jennifer Bagley at jbagley@sts.org with feedback or questions about the patient website.