• SCAI This Week
  • March 21, 2012

    In This Issue:





    First-of-its-Kind Document Defines Best Practices in the Cath Lab

    Earlier this week, SCAI published a first-of-its-kind paper defining best practices in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. "Clinical Expert Consensus Statement on Best Practices in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory," is part of SCAI's ongoing effort aimed to ensure the highest quality care and safety for patients undergoing interventional cardiology procedures.

    "Interventional cardiologists are guided by a number of quality improvement tools, including guidelines and appropriate use criteria, but consensus opinion on best practices for how to run these cath labs has been missing until now," said Srihari S. Naidu, MD, FSCAI, SCAI Trustee and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Winthrop University Hospital, Long Island, NY, and lead author of the paper. "This paper represents the most current, evidence-based approach to continually improving the safety and care of interventional cardiology patients in cath labs across the country and the world."

    The paper recommends best practices that should be upheld by interventional cardiologists and other medical staff performing procedures in the cath lab setting. The best practices are divided into three categories: before the procedure, during and after the procedure, including follow-up evaluation.

    More Information About the Document

    Download the Document

    Media Coverage:

    Pittsburgh Business Times: "Quality metrics backed for cath labs"

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    SCAI 2012: One Week Left to Take Advantage of Advance Registration

    Be sure to take advantage of this SCAI 2012 Advance Registration discount before it ends on March 29! SCAI members can still register for $599, $350 off the regular on-site cost.

    So what are you waiting for? Plan now to join the Interventional & Invasive Cardiology Community as we celebrate 35 years of SCAI Annual Scientific Sessions!

    No other interventional education program matches SCAI's focus on bringing you emerging trends in research and helping you apply it to clinical practice, all in an intimate learning environment of fellow interventionalists.

    SCAI 2012 Highlights Include:

    • Intimate, Interactive, Case-Based Education

    • Cutting Edge Topics & Symposia
    • New! Coronary, Peripheral, Structural, Congenital & Multidisciplinary Tracks
    • A Focus on the Whole Cath Lab Team
    • Guidewire to MOC
    • Practice-Changing Trials & Abstracts
    • And Much, Much More

    Register for SCAI 2012 Now

    Download the Advance Program

    Find Out More About SCAI 2012

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    ACT NOW! House Considering IPAB Repeal in HR 5

    Earlier this week, SCAI urged the Interventional/Invasive Cardiology Community to contact their representatives in the U.S. House tovote "YES" on HR 5 in order to repeal IPAB and support medical liability reform.

    The bill is being debated today and will likely be called to the floor for vote tomorrow.

    Time is of the essence! ACT NOW and implore your representative to vote YES for HR 5. Use the following directory to look up the phone number for your representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

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    Attending ACC? Introduce a Colleague to SCAI at Booth 9082!

    Attending ACC in Chicago next week?

    Be sure to stop by SCAI's booth (9082) and ask any questions you might have about your membership and SCAI initiatives. SCAI will also be offering attendees special discounts, a free poster of the Top-Ten Tips for Improving Appropriate Use Scores for Elective PCI and a chance to learn about an exciting new mobile phone app to be launched at SCAI 2012.

    Additionally this is a great opportunity to introduce colleagues to SCAI and help them learn about the Society's efforts to advance interventional and invasive cardiology worldwide.

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    SCAI-QIT: Share the Top-Ten Tips to Improve Your AUC Score at Your Lab

    Improve your AUC scores with better communication, documentation, & coding. Share SCAI-QIT's Top-Ten Tips for Improving AUC Scores for Elective PCI with members of your cath lab team. SCAI is making it simple with the online posting of a color flier that can be downloaded, printed out and posted in the lab. SCAI will also be distributing a larger poster at its booth at ACC (see above) as well as at SCAI 2012 in Las Vegas.

    Want to get more involved with SCAI-QIT? It's not too late to join the hundreds of other labs that have already signed up. Best yet, it's free. Sign up now at www.SCAI.org/QITChampion.

    Download the Top-Ten Tips Flier

    Find Out More About SCAI-QIT

    Access the Library of SCAI-QIT Webinar Archives


    The SCAI Quality Improvement Toolkit was developed with support from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support, while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.

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    Want to Learn More About SCAI-WIN? Attend Leadership Meeting at ACC

    Want to learn more about SCAI Women in Innovations' (SCAI-WIN) research goals, including plans to launch a TAVI data registry?

    These will be among the topics of discussion at SCAI-WIN's Leadership Meeting at ACC next week. Other agenda items will include updates and planning for upcoming SCAI-WIN programs and projects.

    All are welcome to attend. It's a great opportunity to get involved and learn more about this critical SCAI research initiative. The meeting will take place Saturday, March 24 from 11 AM to noon at the Waldorf Room in the Chicago Hilton Hotel.

    Find Out More About SCAI-WIN Research Goals

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    Be Sure to Schedule in Committee Meetings for Your SCAI 2012 Plans

    SCAI is reminding members that its next slate of full committee meetings will take place Wednesday, May 9 in conjunction with SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The Society is reminding those interested in attending to schedule their trips to SCAI 2012 accordingly. Because of the proximity to SCAI 2012, the society will not be hosting committee meetings at ACC next week.

    Remember SCAI's unique open-door policy means that every SCAI member is invited to attend virtually any committee meeting of their choice. No formal appointments, no need to RSVP.

    Find Out More About SCAI Committees

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