Rationale and use of perfusion variables in the 2010 update of the society of thoracic surgeons congenital heart surgery database

Kenneth Shann, CR Giacomuzzi, JP Jacobs, GJ Myers, Theron Paugh, Nicholas Mellas, Luc Dupuis, JW Ojito, D Gomez, V Olshove, D C Fitzgerald, H Itoh, C Brabant, Clarke Thuys, K Charette, C Calaritis, M Parpard, T Chancy, Robert Baker, KK PourmoghadamDonald Likosky

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    Patients undergoing congenital heart surgery are at risk of morbidity and mortality. The reasons underlying this risk are complex. To identify opportunities to reduce adverse sequelae, the cardiovascular perfusion community was invited to amend existing perfusion-related fields as well as add new ones to the current version of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database (STS-CHSD). The International Consortium for Evidence-Based Perfusion (ICEBP) was invited by the STS-CHSD Task Force to identify and resolve ambiguities related to definitions among the 3 current perfusion-related fields as well as to propose new variables (and definitions) for inclusion in the 2010 update of the STS-CHSD. The ICEBP used teleconferences, wiki-based communication software, and e-mail to discuss current definitions and create new fields with definitions. The ICEBP created modified definitions to existing fields related to cardiovascular perfusion and also developed and defined new fields that focus on (1) techniques of circulatory arrest and cerebral perfusion, (2) strategies of myocardial protection, and (3) techniques to minimize hemodilution and allogeneic blood transfusions. Three fields in the STS-CHSD related to perfusion were redefined, and 23 new variables and definitions were selected for inclusion. Identifying and defining fields specific to the practice of perfusion are requisite for assessing and subsequently improving the care provided to patients undergoing congenital heart surgery. The article describes the methods and justification for adjudicating extant and new perfusion-related fields added to the 2010 update of the STS-CHSD.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)34-43
    Number of pages10
    JournalWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


    • cardiopulmonary bypass
    • congenital heart disease (CHD)
    • outcomes
    • pediatric
    • quality improvement
    • surgery


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