Will the Cath Lab of the Future be Radiation-Free?

Radiation safety has been a hot topic for continuing education in recent years, but will the cath lab of the future feature fluoroscopy at all? This blog takes a look at future technology developments that may drastically reduce radiation exposure for professionals in the cath lab, or eliminate ionizing radiation altogether.

Growing Recognition of Need for Radiation Safety

Widespread recognition of the need for radiation safety has ballooned due to a confluence of factors. On one hand, advancements in what can be done via percutaenous coronary intervention in the cath lab have introduced longer and more involved procedures which increase the risks of radiation exposure for both patients and clinicians.

On the other hand, experts like Dave Fornell of the publication Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology rightly point out that the impact of long-term radiation exposure in interventional cardiology is only just now coming to light, 30 years after the subspecialty's inception. In 2015, for example, we published a blog series about non-physician professionals in the cath lab reporting more work-related pain due to wearing radiation protective gear.

A proliferation of best practice resources now exist to help clinicians reduce radiation exposure, like the 2018 Expert Consensus Document on Optimal Use of Ionizing Radiation in Cardiovascular Imaging, or the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Inteventions (SCAI)'s Quality Improvement Toolkit resource on radiation safety.

Of course, these resources are reflective of the status quo, and not predictive of the cath lab of the future—or even the near future—an environment where new technology may drastically reduce radiation used or eliminate the need for ionizing radiation entirely.

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Revamped Cardiology CE for Technologists, RNs

We've updated our online, on-demand continuing education platform to better serve cardiovascular professionals! We now host cardiology CE natively on the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals website with an overhauled and much improved user experience connected to your ACVP membership account.

On-demand Cardiology CE: CVCEU by ACVP

While cardiovascular technologists are used to finding education relevant to their specialty, it can be harder for registered nurses and radiologic technologists working in cardiac care environments to find quality online continuing education approved for them.

It's ACVP's mission to provide high quality continuing education to cardiovascular technologists, registered nurses AND radiologic technologists working in ALL cardiac specialties. Our new continuing education platform will further that mission with an easy-to-use interface and more educational content to come.

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CVP Week 2020 Theme Announced

CVP Week 2020

CVP Week 2020: "Wholehearted Professionals, Wholehearted Care"

We at the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals are excited to announce the theme of CVP Week 2020: "Wholehearted Professionals, Wholehearted Care."

We wanted this year's theme of Cardiovascular Professionals Week to emphasize the hard work and dedication of our stellar members and the incredible practice community of non-physician professionals in cardiac care.

Cardiovascular professionals' dedication to safe and quality patient care has touched the lives of practically everyone living in the United States—individually, or through a friend or loved one. Behind every successful cardiologist are non-physician professionals who also strive for excellence and wholehearted care.

Cardiovascular Professionals Week is the ACVP-sponsored national recognition week for these hardworking professionals. In 2020, the week will fall on the week on February 9-15.

Learn more about cardiovascular professionals week 2020, here »

Each year, we hear from too many individuals who haven't heard of CVP Week, or whose facilities don't recognize the week or cardiovascular professionals during the week, which falls within American Heart Month.

Sharing this blog post on social media is a little thing, but it can help spread the recognition of Cardiovascular Professionals!

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Understanding Cath Lab Finance: ACVP Collaborates with SCAI to Produce Resource

Cath Lab Finance

A collaboration between the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals produced an expert consensus statement outlining the general principles of cath lab finance - crucial considerations for cath lab managers and all cath lab staff.

The document was published online last week in the SCAI's Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions journal and endorsed by ACVP.

In a SCAI-TV video interview, James C. Blankenship MD. MHCM, MSCAI and Peter L. Duffy MD, MMM, FSCAI described the crucial importance of understanding cath lab finance and its impact on quality patient care.

"As we see health care evolving with new payment mechanisms coming on board, the incentives are going to change and the way that cath labs operate is going to have to change as well," said Dr. Blankenship. "Cath lab directors need to be able to talk to their administrative partners about the financial aspects of this and be able to advocate for patient care, which is sometimes more expensive, and make sure that they keep the cath lab solvent financially."

ACVP's Collaboration with SCAI "Critically Important"

When asked about the collaboration with ACVP, Dr. Duffy explained that involving both physicians and non-physicians, managers and administrators was "critically important" in producing this resource.

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