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Study Finds PCI Safe, Effective Despite Off-Site Cardiac Surgery
Date:3/29/2008

s a week, and when treating patients with heart attack, the time from patient arrival at the hospital until blood flow was restored in the coronary artery was a median of 1.4 hours at hospitals with off-site surgical back-up, as compared with 1.5 hours for PCI centers with on-site surgery.

"The NCDR database provided an excellent opportunity to look at contemporary angioplasty practice patterns in the U.S. The safety and effectiveness of PCI programs with off-site cardiac surgery is a very important question, and we need ongoing information to reach evidence-based answers," Dr. Kutcher said. "However, the results of this study should not be used to encourage the wild expansion of more off-site PCI programs; rather they should be used to confirm the appropriateness of this strategy for programs that have made a strong commitment to excellent organization and data submission for quality assurance."

Dr. Kutcher will present the results of this study on Saturday, March 29 at 9:15 a.m. CDT in the Grand Ballroom, S100.

About SCAI

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,000-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in over 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.

About ACC

The American College of Cardiology is leading the way to optimal cardiovascular care and disease prevention. The College is a 34,000-member nonprofit medical society and bestows the credential Fellow of the American College of Cardiology upon physicians who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation
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