CASTS Resource Library


The CA STS continues its regional collaborative quality improvement efforts for California’s cardiac surgery teams.

While the primary goal is to improve the care of patients requiring cardiac surgery and interventions, regional collaboratives have also been shown to improve the practice environment of cardiovascular specialists.  Sharing outcome data and care processes in pursuit of common goals has led to more consistent use of best practices.

We hope you find the following information useful, and please let us know if you would like to contribute any complementary resources.


Professional Organizations:

Notable Publications and Protocols:

  1. STS Clinical Practice Guidelines –
  2. Implementation of transcatheter aortic valve replacement in California: Influence on aortic valve surgery –
  3. Cause and effects of decreasing coronary revascularization procedures in California hospitals, 2006 to 2010 –
  4. The California Cardiac Surgery and Intervention Project: evolution of a public reporting program ­–
  5. Relationship of hospital volume to outcome in cardiac surgery programs in California –