STS National Database News: Intermacs Edition, March/April 2019

March/April 2019

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Submit an Abstract for AQO
Abstracts are now being accepted for presentation consideration at Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting, October 23-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana. AQO is the perfect forum to share valuable research and important clinical findings with hundreds of your peers. Your input can make the STS National Database even better! Abstracts must be submitted no later than Friday, May 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Registration and housing information for AQO will be posted in the coming months. If you have questions about the abstract submission process, contact Emily Conrad.

Volunteer to Be a Database Mentor
Mentors are still needed for the STS National Database Mentorship Program. This program will pair experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. Sign up as a mentor today.

Submit Intermacs Research Proposals
The Society is seeking new clinical research proposals from STS National Database participants based on data available in the Intermacs Database. STS funding is available for a number of novel, well-conceived, and hypothesis-driven proposals. Extra consideration will be given to projects that involve multiple investigators/institutions and can be completed within 9-12 months. Applying investigators should refer to the Access & Publications page for further instruction and review the list of current research proposals prior to submission. Intermacs proposals are due Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and should be sent to Kristin Mathis.

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

Watch, Listen to Discussion on the Value of the STS National Database
The STS National Database is known worldwide as the “gold standard” for quality improvement and patient safety in cardiothoracic surgery. Launched in 1989, the Database includes approximately 8 million patient records. In this roundtable discussion, Drs. Dave Shahian, Felix Fernandez, Jeff Jacobs, and Vinod Thourani explain how they’ve used data from the Database for making improvements at their own hospitals, for research projects, to understand the cost-effectiveness of various procedures, and to demonstrate the importance of the care that cardiothoracic surgeons provide. View their discussion as a video, or listen via podcast

Site Audits Begin Soon
STS National Database audits are designed to complement internal quality controls by examining the accuracy, consistency, and completeness of the data collected within the Database. Ten percent of participating sites will be selected at random for an independent audit and will be notified in the spring. Please make sure your Primary Data and File Contact information is current by checking the DCRI portal; fill out a Participant Contact Form if you need to make changes. Logistics pertaining to the audit will be sent at a later date to the affected sites.

Before Heart Surgery Information
The Society’s patient website,, provides easily understandable information on cardiothoracic diseases and how they are treated using text, videos, graphics, and animations. Pages highlighting information on Before Heart Surgery, Day of Heart Surgery, and After Heart Surgery explain what patients can expect leading up to a procedure, what occurs during the operation, and how to manage pain and complications in the days and weeks afterward. 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.