2017 STS Meeting Bulletin

Tues-Wed | Jan. 24-25

Mon | Jan. 23

  • New Data Released on Heater-Cooler Device InfectionsAnnual Meeting attendees crowded into a packed 7:00 a.m. session yesterday to hear about newly revealed research regarding a critical patient safety issue. READ MORE
  • Devices Draw Mixed Reviews in Tech-Con’s Shark TankInventors tend to be optimists, perceiving their ideas as game-changers when the reality often is far different. Three physician-inventors of medical devices got a dose of reality Saturday by diving into STS/AATS Tech-Con’s Shark Tank, where peers judged their developments. READ MORE
  • Chamberlain Papers Offer Latest High-Impact ResearchStrategies distinguishing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) from percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in blocked arteries, optimal timing for stage-2 palliation after the Norwood operation in neonates, and long-term outcomes for elderly lung cancer patients are the topics of the three most important scientific abstracts accepted to the 2017 Annual Meeting program. READ MORE
  • ACC @ STS Tackles Complex Clinical ScenariosCardiac surgery has entered a new era, with cardiologists and surgeons facing more complex cases. To manage these patients, it has become vital for specialists to interact, collaborate, and perform as one heart team. READ MORE
  • Important STS National Database Research Featured as Clark PapersSince its inception in 1989, the STS National Database has played an essential role in generating research on quality improvement and patient safety. Three of the latest practice-changing studies—one each from the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), and the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD)—will be presented as the 2017 Richard E. Clark Memorial Papers. READ MORE
  • STS National Database Helps Improve OutcomesFor more than 25 years, the STS National Database has provided a foundation for cardiothoracic surgeons to improve patient outcomes by collecting data to assess procedures and develop guidelines for evidence-based practice. The breadth of evidence in the Database continues to grow, and a Monday afternoon session will address the latest Database initiatives in clinical practice guideline development, risk modeling, public reporting, and quality measurement and improvement. READ MORE
  • Using Data to Improve Patient CareMore than ever, cardiothoracic surgeons may feel as if they are under a microscope with increasing scrutiny of their performance from professional societies, patients, and employers. READ MORE
  • Surgery Recommendations Vary by Race, Study ShowsSurgeons are more likely to recommend lung resection for black cancer patients than white cancer patients, according to a study that will be presented this afternoon. READ MORE
  • AFib Differences Between Women, MenNew-onset atrial fibrillation (AFib) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery has decreased in recent years, but an abstract being presented today has found that incidence has decreased more among women than men. READ MORE
  • SVS @ STS: Examining the Potential of Cell TherapyThe use of cell therapy for treating critical limb ischemia, refractory angina, and heart failure is just one of the links between cardiac and vascular surgery that will be reviewed Monday during an annual session planned by STS and the Society for Vascular Surgery. READ MORE

Sat-Sun | Jan. 21-22