Introduction to the STS National Database Series: outcomes analysis, quality improvement, and patient safety.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
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.