Poll Results: Reimplementing CV Services

George W. Vetrovec, MD, MACC. American College of Cardiology – Interventional Cardiology

Key Points:

As of Mid-June 2020

  • Nearly one-third of catheterization laboratories have resumed normal reentry of cases.
  • The greatest barrier to reentry is patients’ concern about the risk of COVID- 19 exposure which remains an important educational challenge.
  • Operators tend to perform complete revascularization (avoiding staging) to minimize hospital days and admissions.
  • Laboratories tend to match physician skills and experience to speci!c cases to optimize results and avoid complications.
  • These results suggest a significant improvement in CV re-opening of cardiac catheterization services emphasizing efficiency of operations such as optimal operator selection for each case and most importantly, emphasis on single procedure revascularization without staging.