Register for AQO by September 7 and Save
The 2020 Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO) Meeting will be held virtually September 29–October 2. Register before Monday, September 7 to save 50% with early bird rates. AQO will feature all four components of the STS National Database with interactive live sessions, recorded programs that you can watch at your convenience, e-posters highlighting the latest research, social events, and an exhibit hall. View the agenda; if you need a personalized justification letter to attend the meeting, fill out this form.
- Tuesday, September 29 – Intermacs/Pedimacs
- Wednesday, September 30 – General Thoracic
- Thursday, October 1 – Adult Cardiac
- Friday, October 2 – Congenital
Award Nominations Due September 4
An outstanding ventricular assist device (VAD) coordinator will be recognized and awarded the Sherri Ann Wissman Memorial Excellence Award during AQO. This award is presented in memory of longtime Intermacs VAD Coordinator Sherri Ann Wissman. The recipient of the award must be a VAD coordinator who demonstrates loyalty and dependability, helpfulness to fellow employees and patients, selflessness, and contributions to the overall quality of life of VAD patients. Submit nominations by September 4. For more information, please contact Kathryn Hollifield at email@example.com.
New Reporting Enhancement Tools Available
The Society has launched two new reporting enhancement tools that can be accessed via the web-based data entry system under “report delivery.” The Patient Management Summary is an interactive snapshot of a patient and allows users to choose measures and/or labs to view and print. The Customized Cohort reporting tool allows users to select a single cohort, subgroups within a site, or comparison of cohorts and explore patient characteristics. The reports can be generated into PDF format with frequencies and bar charts. For questions regarding the enhancements, please contact Devin Koehl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View a full schedule of upcoming database webinars and call-in information on the STS National Database Webinars page. Registration is not required for the webinars, but you will need to sign in with your name and email address to participate. The webinars will be recorded and available online within a few days.
Quick Hits: Report Verifications, Intermacs Version Upgrade
- Data Quality Report exhibit verifications should be sent to the Maceo Cleggett, Clinical Data Analyst from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Data Warehouse, at email@example.com.
- STS will offer training sessions for the Intermacs version upgrade in September to review the new additions. More details will be available soon.
Check Out Timely Blog Posts 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 adult heart disease, smoking, and COVID-19. Some of the latest articles include:
- “Smoking Increases Risk for COVID-19 Complications—So It’s a Great Time to Quit” by Matthew A. Steliga, MD
- “From Hospital to Home: Patient Communication During COVID-19” by Elizabeth H. Stephens, MD, PhD
- “What Heart Patients Should Know About COVID-19” by Jennifer J. Wan, MD
- “How Heart Disease Is Different in Men and Women” by Dawn Hui, MD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback or questions about the patient website.