Citation: Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2018 Oct 13.Journal: The Annals of thoracic surgery.Published: ; 2018ISSN: 0003-4975.Full author list: Jacobs JP; Shahian DM; D'Agostino RS; Mayer JE Jr; Kozower BD; Badhwar V; Thourani VH; Jacobs ML; Gaissert HA; Fernandez FG; Naunheim KS.UI/PMID: 30326235.Subject(s): IN PROCESS -- NOT YET INDEXEDInstitution(s): MedStar Heart & Vascular InstituteActivity type: Journal Article.Medline article type(s): Journal ArticleOnline resources: Click here to access onlineDigital Object Identifier: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.10.001 (Click here)Abbreviated citation: Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Oct 13.Local Holdings: Available online from MWHC library: 1995 - present, Available in print through MWHC library:1999-2007.Abstract: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. As of January 1, 2018, the STS National Database has four components, each focusing on a different area of cardiothoracic surgery-Adult Cardiac Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, and Congenital Heart Surgery, as well as mechanical circulatory support via the Intermacs Database. In December 2015, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery began publishing a monthly series of scholarly articles on outcomes analysis, quality improvement, and patient safety. As part of that series, this article provides a summary of the status of the STS National Database as of October 2018 and synopsizes related articles that appeared in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2018 series entitled: "Outcomes Analysis, Quality Improvement, and Patient Safety".Abstract: Copyright (c) 2018. Published by Elsevier Inc.