• 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.

  • February 10, 2015

    Post-PCI Dual Anti-Platelet Therapy (DAPT) Transitions Due to Side-Effects, Compliance or Economics: How to Navigate the Switches Between P2Y12 Agents

    Having problems in your post-PCI patients when dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) transitions involving P2Y12 agents are necessary due to side-effects, compliance or economics? Although the medical literature on the best strategy to safely and effectively achieve these switches is still in evolution, these are “real-world issues” that Interventional Cardiologists frequently face. This Tip-of-the Month is offered in the spirit of operating on the best current evidence available.
    January 21, 2015

    Identify Risks & Maximize Benefits Before, During & After PCI

    Interventional cardiologists and patients with both atrial fibrillation and an indication for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) share a common dilemma: the balance between an improvement in quality of life obtained from PCI including stents versus the risks of bleeding, stent thrombosis and risk of thromboemboli related to atrial fibrillation and the selection of anticoagulation and antiplatelet medications.
    November 24, 2014

    Ad Hoc PCI: Take an Intra-Procedural "Time-Out"

    To avoid disaster, decision-making in the interventional cath lab sometimes needs to happen emergently and quickly. Alternatively, the most common and important decisions that we invasive/interventional cardiologists make on a daily basis – those as to whether to proceed ahead with ad hoc PCI based on the diagnostic study findings – allow for everyone involved to take a brief pause and consider relevant issues. Ad Hoc PCI: Take an Intra-Procedural "Time-Out"
    October 20, 2014

    Use PCI Risk Scores to Assess Risks of Peri-procedural Complications!

    In this era, when an increasing number of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) are presenting at a later age and with several co-morbidities, interventional cardiologists frequently encounter patients requiring high-risk PCI, as many such patients are not surgical candidates. Although these cases are challenging, they also are an opportunity to provide the benefits of revascularization to these patients percutaneously. Depending on the clinical setting, PCI can provide not only symptomatic relief but also improved quality of life.
    August 26, 2014

    The Revascularization Heart Team: Take Patient-Centered Care to Heart

    The Heart Team Concept has been gathering momentum over the last few years. While the Heart Team can encompass many diseases and conditions, this edition of the SCAI-QIT Tip-of-the-Month will focus on the Revascularization Heart Team.