• 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.

  • 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.
    July 14, 2014

    Leverage Risk Prediction Models to Reduce Peri-procedural Bleeding Complications for PCI

    You may not agree with the philosophy or format – but the AUC have become a metric that is being scrutinized in this era of healthcare reform. Do you know the three most common clinical scenarios that result in an elective/non-acute PCI case being deemed INAPPROPRIATE? The majority occurs in patients with: 1- to 2-vessel non-LAD disease, mild or no angina, low-risk non-invasive ischemia findings, and lack of an optimal medical anti-anginal regimen.
    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.