• February 1, 2013

    In This Issue:





    SCAI, ACC and HRS Leaders on Public Reporting & Future of CV Care

    Recognizing that cardiovascular professionals face a future likely to be very different from the past, SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI, ACC President William A. Zoghbi, MD, FACC, and HRS President Anne M. Gillis, MD, FRCPC, FHRS recently co-authored an article appearing in Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI), titled, "Public Reporting of Cardiovascular Care: An Opportunity to Shape the Future". The article examines the history, principles and concerns surrounding public reporting and looks forward to the opportunities it presents to registries, professional societies and what cardiovascular specialists need to do to prepare themselves and thrive in this new healthcare environment.

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    Forbes Regional Hospital Details its ACE Experience in Cath Lab Digest

    In this month's issue of Cath Lab Digest, Dan Oslowski, RN, BSN, Cardiac Cath Lab Manager and Carrie O'Leary, RN, MSN of the Cardiac Catheterization Labs at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Penn., detail the accreditation process and their current provisional accreditation status with the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE).

    Having achieved three other accreditations that focused on emergency cardiac procedures, hospital leadership looked to ACE as the only accreditation provider for cardiac cath labs to validate Cath/PCI processes. "ACE experts are singularly focused on quality for the cath lab," states Mr. Oslowski. "ACE drives best practices with experts who have been in the cath lab and PCI trenches. The partnership is gratifying.".

    Read More About Forbes' ACE Experience in Cath Lab Digest

    Find Out More on ACE Accreditation in CAS, PCI & Cardiac Catheterization

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    CCI: Early View Look at Hemodynamic Rounds on Aortic Valves, More

    In order to get critical information to members as soon as possible, SCAI's official journal Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) offers accepted manuscripts online in its Early View Section prior to inclusion of that manuscript in a print issue.

    These Early View articles are now available online - just log in at www.SCAI.org:

    Valvular and Structural Heart Diseases

    Hemodyanmic Rounds


    Invasive hemodynamic evaluation in patients with mechanical aortic valves
    Todd L. Kiefer, Andrew Wang and J. Kevin Harrison
    Article first published online: 23 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24738
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

    Original Studies


    Adverse events rates and risk factors in adults undergoing cardiac catheterization at pediatric hospitals—results from the C3PO
    Christopher P. Learn, Ralf J. Holzer, Curt J. Daniels, Alejandro J. Torres, Julie A. Vincent, John W. Moore, Laurie B. Armsby, Michael J. Landzberg and Lisa Bergersen
    Article first published online: 23 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24658
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    SCAI 2013: Now Accepting Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Submissions

    The Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Submission site for SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions is now open!

    Here's why your science should be presented at the Best of the Best in Interventional Education:

    SCAI will promote your clinical trial at its on-site newsroom, in its robust media kit and to its extensive list of mainstream and trade journalists. Following your presentation, SCAI will also publicize your findings on its web sites directed to the Interventional community as well as the general public.

    LBCT’s presented at SCAI Scientific Sessions have been prominently featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, L.A. Times and more!

    SCAI’s attendees are exactly those you want your results to reach and they won’t be distracted by headliners from other subspecialties or general cardiology.

    SCAI 2013 is just the right size to foster collegial education, dialogue and collaboration. You’ll find yourself discussing your findings long after your presentation.

    Submit Your Clinical Trial Now! Submission Deadline is March 20

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    Societies Unite on Outcome-based Guidelines for Acute Ischemic Stroke

    The first outcome-based guidelines for interventional treatment of acute ischemic stroke—providing recommendations for rapid treatment—will benefit individuals suffering from brain attacks, often caused by artery-blocking blood clots. Representatives from SCAI, the Society of Interventional Radiology and six other medical societies created a multispecialty and international consensus on the metrics and benchmarks for processes of care and technical and clinical outcomes for stroke patients.

    The guidelines recommend submission of outcomes to a national registry that will allow research and also comparisons between facilities. The benchmarks in the paper are intended to be used in a quality assurance program to assess and improve processes and outcomes in acute stroke revascularization. The guidelines may also be helpful to facilities that are interested in applying for accreditation as a comprehensive stroke center.

    Representing SCAI as co-authors of “Multisociety Consensus Quality Improvement Guidelines for Intra-arterial Catheter Directed Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke” were Bryan W. Kluck, DO, FSCAI and Stephen R. Ramee, MD, FSCAI.

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    SCAI 2013: C3 SUMMIT® for Fellows-in-Training Opens for Applications

    SCAI is now accepting applications for its C3 SUMMIT® at SCAI 2013 for interventional cardiology fellows-in-training. SCAI's C3 SUMMIT® is a can't miss opportunity for graduating interventionalists-in-training as they transition to clinical practice this spring.

    Made possible by various educational grants, SCAI is able to provide interventional cardiology fellows-in-training (in their last year of training) with:

    • Complimentary registration for the SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions, May 8-11, 2013 which includes registration for the C3 SUMMIT®, May 10, 2013.
    • Complimentary hotel accommodations during the SCAI 2013 and the C3 SUMMIT® (up to four nights, for the nights of May 7-10 only).
    • *Lowest Coach airfare to/from Orando up to $500.

    *Restrictions apply and airfare must be booked through SCAI's Official Travel Agency. Travel must be booked by March 29, 2013.

    Space is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so you must act fast to reserve your spot to attend this year's C3 SUMMIT®. The world’s premiere figures in interventional cardiology will be there. Shouldn’t YOU?

    Apply Now!

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    Call for Nominations to SCAI Board of Trustees & Executive Committee

    SCAI is seeking nominations for the Board of Trustees (BOT) and other positions.

    PROCEDURE: SCAI encourages all members to send nominations to the Nominating Committee for consideration. You can nominate any SCAI Fellow (FSCAI) in good standing (including yourself if you wish). The Nominating Committee will then forward its recommendations to the BOT informationally, and to SCAI Fellows, Senior Fellows and Emeritus Fellows prior to the SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions this May in Orlando. All Fellows, Senior Fellows and Emeritus Fellows present at the SCAI Annual Business Meeting in Orlando will vote on these recommendations. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted during the business meeting.

    POSITIONS:  Nominations are solicited for the following positions:

    Trustee:  Seven slots, for the term May 2013 – May 2016

    Secretary:  One slot (member of the Executive Committee), for the term May 2013 – May 2014

    Assistant Treasurer:  One slot, for the term May 2013 – May 2014

    At-large Member of the Nominating Committee:  One slot, for the term May 2013 – May 2016

    This year's Nominating Committee consists of:

    Larry Dean, MD, FSCAI (Nominations Chair and Past President)

    Christopher J. White, MD, FSCAI (Nominations Co-chair and Immediate Past President)

    J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI (President)

    Ashok Seth, MD, FSCAI (at-large Nominating Committee member, May 2012 – May 2015)

    Thomas Jones, MD, FSCAI (at-large Nominating Committee member, May 2011 – May 2014)

    Alexandre Abizaid, MD, PhD, FSCAI (at-large Nominating Committee member, May 2011- May 2013)

    COMMITMENT: The BOT meets in person a minimum of three times a year; the Executive Committee (EC) meets twice monthly by conference call. Members of the BOT and EC are expected to attend all such meetings. Other communications (conference calls, list serve, etc) and meetings are scheduled as events warrant.

    ELIGIBILITY: Any Fellow (FSCAI) may be nominated to serve. If you would like to nominate someone, simply send an email with the person's name and your name to SCAI Executive Director Norm Linsky at nlinsky@scai.org and to Nominations Chair Dr. Larry Dean (lsdean@u.washington.edu). All nominations must be received by Friday, February 8, 2013. Thank you!

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