Newswise — Chicago (April 8, 2020) — The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly constrained hospital resources, making informed resource allocation decisions more important than ever. To assist health care providers in triaging adult cardiac surgery cases, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has developed an interactive resource utilization prediction tool.

The power behind the online STS Resource Utilization Tool for Cardiac Surgery—which is free to use and open to everyone—is 440,000 de-identified patient records from the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database from 2018 and 2019.

Displaying outcome metrics such as time in the operating room, time on the ventilator after surgery, ICU and hospital lengths of stay, and expected number of blood product units likely to be needed, the tool allows users to estimate the resources their hospital will need for patients.

See a tutorial on how to use this valuable tool.