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Consensus document on PCIs performed
without on-site surgical backup

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the American Heart Association (AHA) have “released an updated consensus document with recommendations on the use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) at centers without on-site surgical backup.” While “there are no drastic changes from the recommendations contained in various documents released in the past 7 years,” the new “statement...brings everything together in one place and eliminates redundancy to increase the accessibility of the guidance.” The document was published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

“The document also supports the ongoing study and surveillance of all PCI programs through participation in national databases, encourages public reporting of results and acknowledges further declines in PCI volumes might necessitate the closure of some PCI programs in the future.” The new guidance is authored by representatives from the” ACC, AHA, and SCAI.

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