Establishing and using a local/regional cardiac surgery database.

  title={Establishing and using a local/regional cardiac surgery database.},
  author={Kit V Arom and Rebecca J Petersen and Thomas A. Orszulak and Ralph Morton Bolman and Per H Wickstrom and Lyle D. Joyce and T H Spooner and B L Tell and Patricia Janey},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={64 5},
BACKGROUND In 1993, the Minnesota Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Minnesota Cardiac Surgery Database were organized in response to a third-party payer demand for data about practice protocols and patient outcomes. It has matured to an active organization of 46 cardiothoracic surgeons, 14 institutions, and more than 7,000 patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass grafting. METHODS Data are validated for completeness and accuracy through a statewide auditing process. They are… CONTINUE READING

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