The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database: 2021 Update on Echocardiography

Alina Nicoara, Pinping Song, Bruce A. Bollen, Gaetano Paone, James (Jake) Abernathy, Mark A. Taylor, Robert H. Habib, J. Mauricio Del Rio, Ryan E. Lauer, Nancy A. Nussmeier, Laurent G. Glance, Joseph V. Petty, G. Burkhard Mackensen, David F. Vener, Miklos D. Kertai

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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD) is the world's premier clinical outcomes registry for adult cardiac surgery and a driving force for quality improvement in cardiac surgery. Echocardiographic data provide a wealth of hemodynamic, structural, and functional data and have been part of STS ACSD data collection since its inception. An increasing body of evidence suggests that the use of echocardiography in patients undergoing cardiac surgery has a positive impact on postoperative outcomes. In this report, we describe and summarize the type and rate of reporting of echocardiography-related variables in the STS ACSD, including the Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology Module, from July 2017 to December 2019 for the most frequently performed cardiac surgical procedures. With this review, we aim to increase awareness of the importance of collecting accurate and consistent echocardiography data in the STS ACSD and to highlight opportunities for growth and improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-24
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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