Study: PCI safe without onsite cardiac surgery unit

03/26/2012 | CardiologyToday.com · Forbes

Elective PCI can be safely performed at hospitals that don't have onsite cardiac surgery capability, according to a study discussed at the American College of Cardiology's scientific sessions. Results from the CPORT-E trial demonstrate similar outcomes regardless of the availability of surgical facilities. "Our motivations for studying nonprimary angioplasty in hospitals without onsite cardiac surgery include sustaining standalone PCI programs; improving access to PCI services; reducing pressure to develop cardiac surgery programs created primarily for angioplasty backup; and because additional research is needed to inform future health care policy decisions," said researcher Dr. Thomas Aversano.

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