SCAI, other groups broaden PCI competency criteria

Criteria for evaluating interventionalists' competence should involve a number of factors in addition to procedural volume, according to a document released by SCAI and two other cardiology groups. The document, which updates the 2007 statement, defines 14 metrics under six domains, including patient care and procedure skills, and interpersonal and communication skills. "How volume correlates to outcomes is a little fuzzier than we thought, and while there is some correlation, there is no breaking point to the data that tells us what a minimum volume would be, and also, we recognize, there is so much more involved," said newly inducted SCAI President Dr. Theodore A. Bass, vice chairman of the writing committee.

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