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Best practices in the cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL)

SCAI publishes updated guidelines for cath lab best practices

Washington, D.C. , USA (May 2, 2016) - Today, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) published an update to its first-of-its-kind 2012 paper outlining best practices in the cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL), or cath lab. The paper, "SCAI Expert Consensus Statement: 2016 Best Practices in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory," was published online in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, SCAI's official journal.

The document provides cath labs around the country with a set of agreed-upon recommended guidelines developed by expert practicing interventional cardiologists to ensure the highest quality of care and ultimately better patient outcomes, as well as improved patient and physician satisfaction. The paper includes pre-, intra-, and post-procedure recommendations.

"SCAI created the Best Practices Guidelines in 2012 because there had been no process standardization in cath labs and labs had been working under only local regulation and policy," said Srihari S. Naidu, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FAHA, associate professor of medicine at the SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Winthrop University Hospital and the paper's lead author. "There is a tremendous appetite among interventional cardiologists for a comprehensive document outlining the details on how a cardiac cath lab should operate."

The document includes:


The paper, which cross-references other SCAI reports and documents, clearly reflects the direction in which the profession of interventional cardiology is heading.

"SCAI is a valuable organization for cardiologists to join as it lends them a voice and the opportunity to impact and influence the future of interventional cardiology," said Sunil V. Rao, MD, FSCAI, chair of SCAI's Quality Improvement Committee, associate professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center and section chief of cardiology at Durham VA Medical Center.

"The guidelines reflect SCAI's commitment and continued efforts to improve quality of care and the patient experience," said SCAI President James C. Blankenship, MD, MHCM, FSCAI, MACC, practicing interventional cardiologist at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., and director of the Geisinger cardiology department and catheterization laboratories.


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About SCAI

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,500-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in approximately 70 nations. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive/interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI's public education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, visit http://www.SCAI.org or http://www.SecondsCount.org . Follow @SCAI on Twitter for the latest heart health news.

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions , 02.05.2016 (tB).