SCTS release look-up and iPhone Application for decision support
Today the SCTS, in conjunction with NICOR and the University of Manchester, launch a novel window into the SCTS database to support patient information and clinical decision making. The web-based and iPhone applications allow the SCTS database to be queried in real time by filtering on the various fields in the database, to find out how many patients have undergone surgery in recent years with similar characteristic along with their in-hospital mortality, average length of hospital stay and 1 year mortality rates. We hope this will be a useful addition to the data we have provided previously to support patient care. The website can be accessed by clicking here
. The iPhone App is now available from the Apple App store (and can be found by searching on SCTS iData).
SCTS publish iBook manual for patients
SCTS publish a manual for patients on what they can expect from their heart surgeon.
In a drive to put patients first in all their activities, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) is today publishing UK Heart Surgery: What Patients can expect from their Surgeons in partnership with the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR). The report aims to enable patients to understand far more about their recovery after an operation, and the nature of a surgeon’s work.
The document is available both as a downloadable PDF and an iBook. To view the iBook click here. Designed entirely for a patient audience, it describes the procedures heart surgeons undertake, why and how the results of hospitals and surgeons are communicated to the public, and the steps surgeons are taking to continually improve patient experience. This is the first report of its kind to come from one of the surgical specialty associations in the UK. Until now the SCTS, like the rest of the surgical societies, have included information for patients within their publications and communications that are primarily aimed at members in a bid to raise standards among the profession. The SCTS firmly believe that healthcare professionals have a duty to make available to patients as much easy to access, accurate and clear information as possible to help inform their choices. Mr James Roxburgh, President of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery, said:
“Producing guidance solely for patients is an important milestone for the Society. We sincerely hope that patients will find this manual helpful and we welcome any feedback on how we can improve it.”
Blue Book online updated
The blue book online is a website to give access to activity data and outomes of adult heart surgery in the UK. We have recently updated the site to include data for all operations up to the end of March 2012. There is inevitably some delay between the operations being undertaken, and us having the data ready to publish, but we hope to have the information for the year to March 2013 available by the end of September 2013.
Adult cardiac surgery is safe 24/7
A study by SCTS and published in the BMJ http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e67/rr/575993 showed that the excellent results of cardiac surgery in the UK are just as good on Monday as they are on Friday, as well as the weekend. The commitment of cardiac surgeons in the UK to deliver professionally led high quality clinical governance is at the core of our work and we encourage all other specialties to follow our example.