• SCAI is pleased to unveil the latest tool in the SCAI Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT), a practical “tip” delivered directly to you every month to help you and your team enhance the quality of the care you deliver. Developed by SCAI’s Quality Improvement Committee, these tips come straight from the successes achieved by your interventional cardiology colleagues.  Each tip will be provided in brief in your email and will be linked to helpful resources, such as slides, video, and/or website content. We hope you will find the SCAI-QIT Tips of the Month helpful and invite your feedback, including tips you would like to share with the SCAI community. Email us at info@scai.org.

  • April 01, 2014

    Be Sure You Have the AUC for Diagnostic Cath COVERED!

    Increasing scrutiny of utilization patterns and rationale for diagnostic catheterization procedures dictates an increasing need for familiarity with the 2012 ACC/AHA/SCAI appropriate use criteria and aids of practical benefit. To help, we offer "Seven Tips on AUC for Diagnostic Catheterization" – the latest SCAI-QIT, which highlights important considerations for ensuring that your institution's NCDR diagnostic catheterization appropriateness profile is optimized.
    March 01, 2014

    Benchmark Yourself!

    Take advantage of the NCDR Physician Dashboard to obtain personal data through the CathPCI Registry, available via Cardiosource.
    January 01, 2014

    Prevent Contrast Induced Nephropathy (CIN): Protecting the Kidneys Starts Before the Procedure!

    Patients who develop CIN are at an increased risk of death or myocardial infarction.
    August 01, 2013

    Take Advantage of the New NCDR CathPCI Registry Physician Dashboard

    Take Advantage of the New NCDR CathPCI Registry Physician Dashboard to:
    1. Ensure your data are being accurately documented and abstracted
    2. Assess the quality of the care you are providing, and
    3. Identify opportunities for improvement
    July 01, 2013

    Try Holding a "Post-Procedure Time Out and Debriefing" After Challenging Cases

    The pre-procedure “time out” is a standard of practice for cardiac cath labs and a requirement from The Joint Commission. To take this concept a step further, interventional attendings may look for opportunities to have a “post-procedure time out and debriefing” with the cath lab staff immediately after complex procedures or those with complications.