ANZSCTS Cardiac Surgery Database

In 2001, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS), together with the Victorian Department of Health, developed a program to collect data on cardiac (heart) surgery in Victorian hospitals. The program has since expanded to include forty-one hospitals (public and private) across Australia and New Zealand. At present, the program contains over 140,000 records.

The program publishes annual reports describing the activities and outcomes of participating units in a comparative, de-identified format. These reports provide an overview of the patients who underwent surgery, the types of surgery performed, complications, and other details relating to risk and the outcomes of cardiac surgery. Outcome data is collected up to 30 days following discharge, and information on long-term survival is obtained by way of linkage with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Death Index data.

The ANZSCTS database is currently the only compilation of cardiac surgical procedures and outcomes in Australia, and the recent inclusion of the first New Zealand hospital is indicative of its potential to be expanded internationally. The program is continually evolving and one of the projects currently underway is to develop risk adjustment models for key outcomes to better assist with benchmarking hospital performance.

The ANZSCTS National Database public facing website has proven to be a great resource to patients and their families, and also researchers and prospective contributors, to obtain information about the database program, including its benefits to the wider community. Please use the link below to navigate the website: