The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
news & highlights
FALL 2015 www.SCAI.org www.SecondsCount.org
IN THIS ISSUE...
This spring SCAI hosted a four-part webinar series to help clinicians
integrate quality improvement tools into
their processes. Developed by a team of
congenital heart disease
specialists in 2014, Pediatric
SCAI-QIT, features modules
on Procedural Quality,
Procedural Checklists and
Radiation Safety. Here, we
overview each of the webinars.
PROCEDURAL QUALITY AND CHECKLISTS
In the webinar, Kalyani Trivedi, MD,
FSCAI, one of the module’s architects, detailed the 10 steps necessary to achieve quality improvement and procedural outcomes
that are on par with accepted standards of
care. The steps include reviewing the SCAI
position paper on cath lab quality; assembling
a cath lab quality improvement committee;
establishing metrics and defining outcome
goals for your lab; identifying and capturing
data; and analyzing adverse events.
The following webinar, on the Procedural
Checklists module, was hosted by Paul
Seib, MD, FSCAI, who presented examples
of basic and comprehensive
checklists for pediatric cath labs.
SCAI Members Collaborate to Preserve
PCI Coverage in Oregon
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Clinical Utility of
Imagine a 50-year-old patient with angina. He has a physically demanding job. He can’t olerate beta blockers. He’ll become disabled if his angina doesn’t improve. However,
percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is not covered by his state health plan.
A few months ago, it appeared as if this would be the situation in Oregon when the
state’s Evidence-based Guidelines Subcommittee (EbGS) launched a review of PCI
coverage for patients with stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD).
Enter SCAI and several of its members, including Edward Toggart, MD, FSCAI,
Arthur Lee, MD, FSCAI, Saurabh Gupta, MD, FSCAI, and Charles Cannon, MD,
FSCAI, as well as other stakeholders. They explained real-world patient scenarios like
the one above along with more recent clinical data about the effectiveness of PCI in
various populations to convince the subcommittee to recommend that the state’s Health
Evidence Review Committee (HERC) maintain coverage of PCI for a fairly broad