The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database: 2017 Update on Research.
Containing more than 6 million cumulative operative records and accounting for 90% to 95% of adult cardiac surgery performed in the United States, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database is an invaluable resource for performance assessment, quality improvement, and clinical research. This article reviews the seven major research efforts published in 2016 that utilized the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database. Two studies evaluated national trends in clinical practice, three assessed the effect of several risk factors on postoperative morbidity and mortality, and two developed new models to evaluate quality of care. The findings of these studies have enhanced clinical practice and delineated areas for future quality improvement research.
Thourani, VH; Badhwar, V; Shahian, DM; Edwards, FH; O'Brien, S; Habib, RH; Kelly, JJ; Rankin, JS; Prager, R; Jacobs, JP
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