The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. As of January 1, 2018, the STS National Database has four components, each focusing on a different area of cardiothoracic surgery—adult cardiac surgery, general thoracic surgery, and congenital heart surgery, as well as mechanical circulatory support through the STS Intermacs Database. In December 2015, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery began publishing a monthly series of scholarly articles on outcomes analysis, quality improvement, and patient safety. As part of that series, this article provides an annual summary of the status of the STS National Database as of October 2018 and provides a synopsis of related articles that appeared in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2018 series entitled: “Outcomes Analysis, Quality Improvement, and Patient Safety”.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine