• SCAI This Week
  • June 14, 2012

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    FDA Advisory Panel: Expand Sapien Valve to High-Risk Patients

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Circulatory System Devices Advisory Panel voted late yesterday afternoon to recommend approving the Sapien transcatheter valve for high-risk patients who are also eligible for surgery. The Sapien valve is already approved for use in patients deemed inoperable.

    The panel voted 12-0 that the device is effective, 10-2 that the device is safe, and 11-0 (one panelist abstained from voting) that its benefits outweigh any risks. It is important to note that the FDA is not required to take the recommendations of its advisory panels but most often does.

    Speaking on behalf of SCAI, Augusto D. Pichard, MD, FSCAI testified that TAVR offers a viable alternative for patients at moderate to high risk for open surgery, important considering the number of patients who decline surgery.

    Dr. Pichard also stressed that the heart team approach and an ongoing focus on quality are keys to TAVR's success going forward. SCAI has been a leader in advocating for a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to patient care and will continue to drive efforts around guidelines and training standards in addition to its strong support for registries to track and study patient outcomes.

    Read Dr. Pichard's Testimony on Behalf of SCAI

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    Get to Work on Quality! Enlist as a SCAI-QIT Quality Champion Today

    Don't wait any longer! Sign up to be a SCAI-QIT Champion and find out why 300 cath labs have already signed up to take advantage of SCAI's Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT).

    SCAI-QIT features several continuous quality improvement tools for the cardiac cath lab focused on:

    • Guidelines;
    • Peer review conferences;
    • Random case selection;
    • National database participation;
    • Pre-procedure checklists;
    • Data collection; and
    • Inventory management

    The beauty of SCAI-QIT is that it is flexible and can be customized for each user. Even better, you will lead the way at your own institution, using its practical tools to document your strengths, identify opportunities for improvement, and prepare for government-mandated "Pay-for-Quality" initiatives.

    Sign Up to be a SCAI-QIT Quality Champion Today!

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    Share SecondsCount.org with Your Patients and Their Family Members

    SCAI's public education website, SecondsCount.org, is growing in all directions, providing an in-depth online resource for cardiovascular patients who seek questions about risk factors, symptoms, tests and treatment options, as well inspiring stories of patients who were successfully diagnosed and treated.

    Share SecondsCount With Your Patients and Their Families Today

    View the Patient Stories Center on SecondsCount.org

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    IFI/ICI eLearning Sites Continue to Grow With Exciting Additions

    Revised content for SCAI's Interventional Fellows Institute and Interventional Cardiologists Institute eLearning Courses is now online. Visit the site now and join SCAI members and thought leaders in viewing a new modules on acute MI management and transradial catheterization.

    The IFI/ICI curriculum continues to grow with updates by SCAI membership on the latest information on a variety of exciting topics. Stay up to date and consider getting involved to participate as a future contributor for many more upcoming modules.

    Also, be sure to take a look at other exciting offerings from SCAI's eLearning Library including:

    • High-Risk PCI Online Curriculum
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Online Curriculum
    • SCAI 2012 On Demand
    • SCAI's Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) Webinar Series
    • SCAI Radial Summit Online

    Visit the ICI/IFI eLearning Courses

    View Additional Online Offerings at SCAI's eLearning Library

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    Northeast Georgia Medical Center First to Achieve CAS Accreditation

    Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) recently announced Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) and its Ronnie Green Heart Center have become the first facility to receive ACE accreditation in carotid artery stenting (CAS). Overall, NGMC is among nine facilities to receive ACE accreditation. NGMC is also ACE-accredited in PCI, making it the only facility in the world to receive ACE accreditation in two categories of interventional practice.

    More on NGMC's CAS Accreditation

    Learn More About the Path to ACE Accreditation

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    Registration for SCAI 2012 Fall Fellows Courses to Open in July

    SCAI is announcing that registration for its 2012 Fall Fellows Courses in Adult and Congenital/Structural Interventional Cardiology will open Monday, July 16, just as most interventional training programs across the United States will be kicking off with new interventionalists-in-training.

    Fall Fellows will offer several exciting changes including a new location -- the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas -- as well a shorter, streamlined schedule.

    Fellows-in-training serving in the fourth year of their interventional cardiology fellowship OR serving in the third or fourth year of their pediatric cardiology fellowship and interested in cardiac catheterization qualify to apply for the SCAI 2012 Fall Fellows Courses, which include:

    • FREE Tuition, Travel & Hotel (restrictions apply)
    • WORLD CLASS FACULTYfeaturing the Best of the Best in Interventional Cardiology
    • LARGEST MEDICAL-SIMULATIONtraining program in the U.S.
    • HANDS-ONsimulation workshops
    • UPDATES on the most widely used interventional procedures

    More on SCAI 2012 Fall Fellows Courses

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