Latest Webinar on Building a Protected PCI Program Features the University of Washington Heart Center in Seattle

January 22, 2016

The Building a Protected PCI Program series* presents a webinar entitled “The Programmatic Approach to Teaching, Tactics and Techniques” from the University of Washington (UW) Heart Center in Seattle, WA. The presenters are all members of the UW Heart Center and include Dr. William Lombardi, Director, Complex Coronary Artery Disease Therapies; Dr. James McCabe, Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories; Dr. Creighton Don, Interventional Cardiologist; Dr. Jason Smith, Cardiothoracic Surgeon; and Dr. Claudius Mahr, Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure. Mary Tierney, Chief Content Officer for Cardiovascular Business introduces the topic—view the webinar below.

The UW Heart Center is an international training site for complex PCI, hemodynamic support with Impella, Protected PCI, atherectomy, and CTO-PCI. The UW Heart Center is dedicated to improving the skills of interventional cardiologists, and several avenues of training are discussed. One unique way was to open privileges to UW to any physician licensed in the state of WA—the patient and physician both come to UW, the patient remains with the physician, and is treated at UW. The physician learns new devices, new skills, and new techniques to bring back to their home institution.

To reach a broader audience, the UW Heart Center teaches through a combination of lectures and live broadcasts of real cases from the cardiac catheterization laboratory. This includes information on the skills needed for Protected PCI, the role of hemodynamic support, and placement of the Impella device. The UW Heart Center also provides advice for heart teams who want to optimize their approach or start a heart team program.

The UW heart team consists of interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and heart failure experts who work together to share their expertise and provide the best plan of care for each patient. UW Heart Center measures patient outcomes through quality of life surveys, depression scores, and evaluating the life limitations of patients. The benefits seen from this approach are both clinical—allowing physicians to conduct a complete revascularization procedure, which benefits patients, and economic—and financial, as costs are decreased due to reduced hospitalizations and fewer recurrent myocardial infarctions.

Watch this instructive webinar above to learn about training for Protected PCI, what to consider when building a Protected PCI program, and how to build acceptance for a Protected PCI program at your institution.

*The webinar was produced by Cardiovascular Business. It is the second part of the series entitled “Building a Protected PCI Program”.


To learn more about the Impella® platform of heart pumps, including important risk and safety information associated with the use of the devices, please visit: www.protectedpci.com/indications-use-safety-information/

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