SCAI releases updated guidelines for ad hoc PCI

SCAI's updated consensus document for the appropriate use of ad hoc percutaneous coronary intervention emphasizes clear, informed patient consent, careful risk assessment, clinical judgment and a team-based approach to decision making. The document appears in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. Although ad hoc PCI is safe, says lead author Dr. James Blankenship, "there are certainly circumstances where it is important to stop after the diagnostic portion and further consider what you are going to do."

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