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SCAI Releases Consensus Statement on Length of Stay Following Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Date:5/7/2009

g> College of Medicine, director of the Cardiology Division at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, TX, and co-author of the statement. "We need to have the flexibility to watch patients overnight or longer to ensure appropriate care for every one of our patients."

"Interventional cardiologists support optimal care for each patient balanced against responsible measures to reduce unnecessary medical costs. This paper from SCAI is designed to provide guidance to help physicians make the most appropriate decisions on follow-up care after PCI," said SCAI President-Elect Steven R. Bailey, MD, FSCAI, chair of the Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine and radiology, and Janey Briscoe Distinguished Chair at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. "Decisions about when to discharge a patient should never be solely about cost or reimbursement, but about exercising the best-informed medical judgment for each patient."

About SCAI

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,000-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in more than 60 nations. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI's annual meeting has become the leading venue for education, discussion, and debate about the latest developments in this dynamic medical specialty. SCAI's patient and physician education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, visit www.scai.org or www.seconds-count.org.


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