STS releases public surgical outcomes report



The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has released a public online report of national surgical outcomes from its Congenital Heart Surgery Database, the association has announced.

The STS report focuses on pediatric and congenital cardiac malformations, and includes 4-year observed, expected, and risk-adjusted mortality rates, the society said in a statement.

Twenty-five sites participated in the first round of STS public online reporting, similar to the observed participation in the first round of public reporting in the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, which started in 2010.

“Reporting hospital surgical outcomes using risk-adjusted analysis is extremely important because it allows for a fair assessment, on a level playing field, of outcomes across hospitals that treat different populations of patients,” Dr. Marshall L. Jacobs, STS CHSD Task Force chair, said in the statement.

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