STS National Database News: Intermacs Edition, January/February 2021

January/February 2021

Intermacs Surgeon Worksheet Available

A Surgeon Worksheet, a convenient fillable form that allows you to quickly record implants by type, insertion approach, brand, and other details, is available in Appendix P of the Intermacs Database appendices. Also available in this collection of appendices are adverse event definitions, quality of life questionnaires, stroke scales, device brand lists, and more. Be sure to take advantage of these useful tools to make your data reporting run more smoothly.


Help Make Intermacs Better: Join Monthly User Group Calls

Your feedback and insights are valuable to the Intermacs community, and we want to be sure that we hear you. Don’t forget to participate in the Intermacs and Pedimacs monthly user group calls to learn about Database upgrades and tips and tricks, and to share your observations and suggestions with the Database team. To review past webinars and group calls, visit the Intermacs playlist on the STS YouTube channel.


Share Your Experience, Gain Colleagues’ Insights with Database Mentorship Program

The STS National Database Mentorship Program pairs experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice and guidance on data abstraction. Applications from both mentors and mentees currently are being accepted. After you apply here, STS will work on matching mentors and mentees based on Database type, experience in specific areas of Database usage, and other factors. You will be notified once you have been matched. For more information about the program, contact Adie Dolan at adolan@sts.org.


Mark Your Calendar: AQO 2021

The 2021 Advances in Quality Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting will be held virtually October 12–15. For more details on programming, enter your contact information to be notified when new updates are available. In the meantime, managers still can purchase content from AQO 2020 to gain current insights and enhance registry coding skills.


Give Your Patients a Clear Perspective on Heart Transplantation

The STS patient website, ctsurgerypatients.org, offers patients immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. With clear, concise language and comprehensive illustrations, the Adult Heart Transplantation page explains how to prepare for transplantation and offers information on what to expect during the operation and recovery process. 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.