The Art of The Sale: “Cherry Picking” Cardiac Patients…

“This means when the data says “bad surgeon,” the surgeon might, in fact be a Top Gun — a technically-gifted, Morbidity Hunter — the last hope of the poor and sick.” Editor’s Note: Having been an STS coordinator for 5 years- responsible, basically- for the entire process, data collection, discriminating and interpretation of data-field-definitions, inputting […]

24 Hours of STS: Demographics and Efficiency

24 Hours of STS:  Perfusion Style Demographics and Efficiency When I’m not doing hearts- I end up thinking about them… Getting ready for the late summer harvest.  Well that sounds like something out of the Farmer’s Almanac- but in reality it represents reviewing 152 cardiac patient case files, abstracting the data, entering them into a monolithic […]

A New Perfusion EMR System: Try it- It’s FREE !

Editor’s Note: I got an email regarding a new EMR platform for Perfusionists.  Having designed numerous database systems before, this would in my opinion be worth taking a look at.  I will review the system in the coming week.  In the mean time- download it and check it out 🙂   Hey it’s FREE ! […]

A New Perfusion EMR System: Try it- It’s FREE !

Editor’s Note: I got an email regarding a new EMR platform for Perfusionists.  Having designed numerous database systems before, this would in my opinion be worth taking a look at.  I will review the system in the coming week.  In the mean time- download it and check it out 🙂   Hey it’s FREE ! […]

The A1C : “Say Hello To My Little Friend…”

Glycosylated Hemoglobin Called also hemoglobin A1c. Hemoglobin A with a glucose moiety attached to the amino terminal valine of the beta chain. This type of hemoglobin is made at a slow constant rate during the life span of the erythrocyte. Increased levels correlate with glucose intolerance in diabetes. With adequate insulin treatment, levels return to […]

STS & Perfusion

STS Updates for Perfusionists & Data Managers A series of STS Updates and Insights: (Click Image to View STS Website) The Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) national cardiac database is the all-consummate monster of consolidated data requirements that most cardiac programs subscribe to. To be left off of the report card, is to be isolated […]

STS v.2.73 : A Tale of Two Cities…

(Click Image to View STS Website) A series of STS Updates and Insights: The Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) national cardiac database is the all-consummate monster of consolidated data requirements that most cardiac programs subscribe to. To be left off of the report card, is to be isolated and not assembled for review on the […]

STS 2.73 : New Risk Factors

The Great Migration to v 2.73 :  (New STS Fields) Click Image to View entire 2.73 Series … The following post  describes the new fields that are identified as new data collection points in the  STS v. 2.73 Adult Cardiac Database. (Customized PowerPoint Template for Perfusion STS Data Collection) Download Customized STS Form (for Perfusion) […]

STS 2.73 : Cancelled Cases

The Great Migration to v 2.73 :  (New STS Fields) Click Image to View entire 2.73 Series … The following post  describes the new fields that are identified as new data collection points in the  STS v. 2.73 Adult Cardiac Database. (Customized PowerPoint Template for Perfusion STS Data Collection) Download Customized STS Form (for Perfusion) […]

STS 2.73 : New On-Bypass Parameters

The Great Migration to v 2.73 :  (New STS Fields) Click Image to View entire 2.73 Series The following post  describes the new fields that are identified as new data collection points in the  STS v. 2.73 Adult Cardiac Database. (Customized PowerPoint Template for Perfusion STS Data Collection) Download Customized STS Form (for Perfusion) Overall […]

STS 2.73 : New IntraOp Data

The Great Migration to v 2.73 :  (New STS Fields) Click Image to View entire 2.73 Series The following post  describes the new fields that are identified as new data collection points in the  STS v. 2.73 Adult Cardiac Database. (Customized PowerPoint Template for Perfusion STS Data Collection) Download Customized STS Form (for Perfusion) Overall […]

STS 2.73 : PostOp & Complications

The Great Migration to v 2.73 :  (New STS Fields) Click Image to View entire 2.73 Series The following post  describes the new fields that are identified as new data collection points in the  STS v. 2.73 Adult Cardiac Database. (Customized PowerPoint Template for Perfusion STS Data Collection) Download Customized STS Form (for Perfusion) Overall […]

STS: Meds: Beta Blockers

Pre & Postop Beta Blockade A series of STS Definitions: To Visit the Circuit Surfer STS Page  Click Here For a list of STS posts Click here Sniffing through the patient’s chart to establish beta blocker (BB) therapy seems simple but can be tricky.  I usually find the immediate source in one of the many […]