Journal Article
Commentary

Introduction to the STS National Database Series: outcomes analysis, quality improvement, and patient safety.

Fernandez FG, Shahian DM, Kormos R, et al. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2019;108:1625-1632.

Enabling clinicians and management to access data can help them uncover weaknesses in practice, determine performance measures, and drive improvements. This commentary introduces a series of upcoming articles that will explore information derived from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database to aid in understanding patient safety hazards in cardiothoracic surgery.