Mycobacterium Chimaera Infection

“The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) wishes to extend its deepest condolences to the families of those patients who have died as a result of mycobacterium chimaera infection and those patients that have suffered ill-health after being infected. “Patient safety is of absolute importance to SCTS. The risk to patients from surgery where heater-cooler units […]

Latest Lung Cancer Clinical Outcomes Publication (LCCOP) Report for England released

The latest LCCOP report, covering lung cancer resections preformed in the English NHS in 2014, has been published on 6th December 2016. This project is commissioned by HQIP and delivered by the National Lung Cancer Audit team with the support of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery. Important changes this year include some adjustment of the […]

SCTS publishes latest data for adult cardiac surgery audit

The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) has today published data for 2012-2015 from the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA).  This shows the survival rates, by hospital and surgeon, for patients undergoing adult cardiac surgery during this time period.  All of the surgeons who took part in the audit have been found to be working […]

Commissioning Standards

The Royal College of Surgeons and the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery are strongly supportive of the commissioning standards published last year for fetal, paediatric and adult congenital heart disease. Responding to plans for heart surgery announced by NHS England today, a statement from both organisations said: “Nationwide changes to the way we care for patients […]

Statement on survey of Cardiothoracic surgeons

A spokesperson for The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery said: ‘The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery has long championed the principle that publication of clinical outcomes improves quality of care. Cardiothoracic surgeons were the first to endorse this and publish their results, having run a register of all major heart operations since 1977. ‘Surgeons are rightly proud […]

“Choosing Wisely”

All of us working in the NHS need to look at and evaluate our working practices to ensure we are providing the best possible outcomes to the public we serve.  Click here for a link to the full Choosing Wisely report.

Vinci – SCTS Engagement day Report

The 2nd national student engagement day for cardiothoracic surgery was held in Cambridge in November 2015. Run by students and overseen by the SCTS Education, more than 80 medical students and some 6th formers attended the session. Inspiring talks on getting in the specialty and the daily lives of different sub-specialists, were followed by a […]

Updated Published Guidance on Heater Coolers in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dear Colleague,  The new joint guidance on heater coolers and infection has now been published and the previous guidance has been withdrawn. A Public Health England briefing note will also go to health protection teams and PHE and NHS microbiologists shortly. An email will also go to a cascade covering independent providers.  The first web […]