The Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database status report

Ann Thorac Surg. 1994 Jan;57(1):20-6. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(94)90359-x.


This report describes the development of the first known national surgical database designed for the practicing community cardiothoracic surgeon. Acceptance by members of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has been gratifying. The number of patients on the system has grown from 116,109 at the end of 1991 to an anticipated 350,000 to 450,000 by the end of 1993. At the time of this report, 842 surgeons were participating, and more than 1,200 will be on the system by the end of 1993. A risk stratification system has been incorporated into the software, which predicts each patient's risk based on the individual surgeon's past experience. Trend analyses demonstrate a substantial increase in the number of patients at increased risk for perioperative death for coronary artery bypass operations over the past 5 years, while observed mortality has remained relatively constant. Programs are available for adult and congenital heart disease, lung cancer, and esophageal cancer, and modules for mediastinal tumors, pleural disorders, and benign pulmonary disease will soon be added. We anticipate that growth will continue as the need for practice profile data increases because of reimbursement issues.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aortic Valve / surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass / statistics & numerical data
  • Databases, Factual / history
  • Databases, Factual / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Mitral Valve / surgery
  • Risk Factors
  • Societies, Medical / history
  • Societies, Medical / statistics & numerical data*
  • Thoracic Surgery / history
  • Thoracic Surgery / statistics & numerical data*