The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database: 2018 Update on Outcomes and Quality

Jeffrey P. Jacobs, John E. Mayer, Sara K. Pasquali, Kevin D. Hill, David M. Overman, James D. St. Louis, S. Ram Kumar, Carl L. Backer, Charles D. Fraser, James S. Tweddell, Marshall L. Jacobs

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

56 Scopus citations


The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database is a comprehensive registry of clinical outcomes that captures almost all pediatric cardiac surgical operations in the United States. It is the platform for all activities of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons related to the analysis of outcomes and the improvement of quality in this subspecialty. This article summarizes current aggregate national outcomes in congenital and pediatric cardiac surgery and reviews related activities in the areas of quality measurement, performance improvement, and transparency. The reported data about aggregate national outcomes are exemplified by an analysis of 10 benchmark operation groups performed from January 2013 through December 2016. This analysis documents the overall aggregate Operative Mortality (interquartile range among all participating programs) for the following procedural groups: off-bypass coarctation repair, 1.3% (0.0% to 1.4%%); ventricular septal defect repair, 0.6% (0.0% to 0.9%); tetralogy of Fallot repair, 1.1% (0.0% to 2.0%); complete atrioventricular canal repair, 2.7% (0.0% to 4.4%); arterial switch operation, 2.2% (0.0% to 2.9%); arterial switch operation and ventricular septal defect repair, 5.1% (0.0% to 8.3%); Glenn/HemiFontan, 2.1% (0.0% to 3.1%); Fontan operation, 1.1% (0.0% to 0.0%); truncus arteriosus repair, 10.1% (0.0% to 15.4%); and Norwood procedure, 15.8% (9.0% to 25.0%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-689
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database: 2018 Update on Outcomes and Quality'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this