Expert Consensus Statements

STS Expert Consensus Documents provide practical assistance to STS members and the cardiothoracic surgery community. An Expert Consensus Document represents the collective opinions of an expert panel on a clinical topic. The opinions expressed in the statement do not necessarily reflect a formal evidence review and are not generally developed in accordance with the process outline for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines; however, the authors may suggest treatment strategies based on their collective knowledge and clinical experience.

Expert Consensus Documents are intended as one element of a physician's armamentarium. Physicians are strongly encouraged to use all available resources and their best judgment in making recommendations or decisions regarding individual patients.