Quality and Safety in Health Care, Part XXVIII: The Congenital Heart Surgery Database

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Abstract

The biggest registry of its kind for pediatric and congenital heart operations on earth is the Congenital Heart Surgery Database of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. This article discusses the history, current status, and contributions of the Congenital Heart Surgery Database to quality, safety, and research. Its data have implications not only for patient care after surgery, but also for estimating patient risk of surgery and for health care economics.

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