Cardiothoracic surgeons have long been recognized for their dedication to clinical excellence and patient safety. This page on the STS website was developed as a resource to provide the latest information on patient safety educational materials and peer-reviewed research offered by the Society.
Patient Safety E-Learning Program Available for Purchase
STS is offering an e-learning program on the science and practice of patient safety. “Fundamentals of Patient Safety for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Team” is a series of online modules covering topics such as the epidemiology of error, systems thinking, human factors, the culture of safety, fundamentals of quality improvement, communication, and methods and tools for evaluating safety events. By completing the entire program, learners can earn 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, as well as self-assessment credits toward Part II of the American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification Program.
- $150 for STS Members
- $250 for Non-Members
Patient Safety Symposium
Please join us for the 2020 Patient Symposium: Beyond Burnout: What You Should Know and Do Going Forward at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons 56th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on Tuesday, January 28 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Featured presenters will be:
- Michal Hubka MD, Seattle, WA
- Kevin Lobdell MD, Charlotte, NC
- Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA, Columbus, OH
- Wayne Sotile, PhD, Davidson, NC
Highlights include preliminary results of the STS burnout survey, audience polling and participation, and panel discussion.
Patient Safety Papers
The following articles were written by members of the STS Workforce on Patient Safety and published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Patient Safety Videos
The Society has filmed a number of roundtable discussions that explore various patient safety topics.
Preparing for the Benefits of AI and New Cyber Threats in Cardiothoracic Surgery - March 4, 2019
Artifical intelligence (AI) and electronic health technologies are changing how physicians conceptualize and treat diseases. Although these futuristic advancements are leading to improvements in quality, safety, and patient outcomes, these technologies also are dramatically changing the cyber threat landscape. Kevin W. Lobdell, MD, from Atrium Health, talks with colleagues in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, and anesthesiology about embracing virtual reality, augmented reality, and machine learning, while also finding ways to protect against cyberattacks. Also featured are Anthony C. Chang, MD, BMA, MPH, from the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute, Steven D. Harrington, MD, from Henry Ford, John C. Frenzel, MD, from MD Anderson, and Garrett L. Walsh, MD, from MD Anderson.
Discrepancies Between Evidence-Based and Real-World Practices - April 18, 2018
It is estimated that, on average, it takes 17 years before innovation is disseminated into clinical practice. This roundtable focuses on how cardiothoracic surgery can speed up the process. Drs. Juan A. Sanchez, Michael S. Kent, Kevin W. Lobdell, and W. Chance Conner discuss why there is a gap, strategies for implementation, and quicker adoption by the end user (hospital, clinician, etc.).
How the Opioid Crisis Is Affecting Cardiothoracic Surgery - February 12, 2018
Four cardiothoracic surgeons discuss the opioid epidemic in the United States, the scope of the problem among lung cancer patients, how else the epidemic is affecting the cardiothoracic surgery community, and what cardiothoracic surgeons are doing to stem the crisis.
Preventing Burnout in Cardiothoracic Surgery - April 24, 2017
Several reports have highlighted the problem of work-related stress and burnout among health care providers. The interventional strategies for managing burnout are not well-defined, particularly in cardiothoracic surgery, and much has been proposed in terms of methods to combat such a condition. Drs. Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, Steven G. Gabbe, Maryanna D. Klatt, and Wayne M. Sotile discuss the effects of both burnout and resiliency on patient safety and satisfaction, as well as various techniques for stress management.
Cardiothoracic Surgeons Committed to Patient Safety - April 30, 2013
Join Drs. M. Blair Marshall of Georgetown University Hospital, Thoralf Sundt of Massachusetts General Hospital, and Juan Sanchez of Saint Mary's Hospital as they discuss patient safety strategies.