STS National Database News: Intermacs Edition, May/June 2018

May/June 2018

New Intermacs Session at AQO Meeting – Register Today
Registration and housing are now open for the 2018 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting, September 26-28 in Los Angeles. This popular annual event highlights what’s new with the STS National Database and offers valuable educational sessions on evidence-based practice to improve outcomes, as well as important networking opportunities. New this year, a session on the Intermacs Database will be included during the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database track on Thursday afternoon. Register today and reserve your housing at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Prices increase $100 after August 29. If you need a personalized justification letter to attend the meeting, fill out this form.

Submit Questions and Case Scenarios
The Society is collecting questions and case scenarios for a panel of experts to discuss during the AQO Meeting. Submit a question or case scenario by Monday, August 13.

Enter Data by June 30 for Q2 Reports
Please ensure that Intermacs and Pedimacs data are entered by June 30 to be included in the Q2 data quality and quality assurance reports. The reports will be distributed by September 30.

Important Data Manager Survey
The Society is seeking data manager input on how often data are submitted, timing of data abstraction, how analysis reports are used, and more details on your organization’s participation in the STS National Database. The results of this annual survey will assist STS in developing resources for data managers, as well as understanding how STS National Database data are being used to improve quality of care. If you are a data manager, please take 10 minutes to complete this important survey. Note: If you also abstract for another Database component, you can complete the survey based on the component that is most time consuming or each Database component for which you abstract. Survey results will be presented at the AQO meeting.

Check Out Photos from Intermacs Meeting
The 2018 STS Intermacs Meeting was a big hit at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare. More than 100 attendees gathered to learn about patient-reported outcomes, clinical trials, adverse events, and new technologies related to FDA-approved mechanical circulatory support devices used to treat advanced heart failure. STS also presented Sylvia M. Laudun, RN, from Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, with the 2018 Sherri Ann Wissman Memorial Excellence Award, which recognizes an outstanding ventricular assist device coordinator. More than 100 centers received Vanguard Center Awards, which acknowledge more than 1 year of active participation, 20 or more patients enrolled, and 95% data compliance. Check out photos of the engaging sessions, poster and networking reception, and awards presentation in the Society’s flickr album.