Navigating the New Appropriate Use Criteria for Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
Recorded on August 15, 2012 (60 minutes)

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Have questions about how recently released Appropriate Use Criteria for Diagnostic Catheterization should be utilized in the cardiac cath lab in determining when to perform diagnostic cardiac catheterization?
Wouldn't it be great to actually ask the authors of this document?  
Now you can. Be sure to join SCAI on Wednesday, August 15 at 1 PM ET for a special webinar on this topic with Diagnostic Catheterization Writing Group Co-chairs Drs. Manesh Patel and Steven Bailey, as part of its Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) Webinar Series.

Designed to help all clinicians determine when it would be reasonable to perform diagnostic cardiac catheterization, this new AUC identifies 166 possible clinical scenarios when referral for diagnostic catheterization might be considered and then assesses the appropriateness for each indication. In addition to explaining how this document can aid clinical judgment, this webinar will also provide participants with a focused look at how the revised revascularization AUC can be incorporated into the greater Toolkit.


Steven R. Bailey, MD, FSCAI
Chair, Division of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine and Radiology
Janey Briscoe Distinguished Chair
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at
San Antonio, TX
Manesh R. Patel, MD, FSCAI*
John Bush Simpson Assistant Professor of Cardiology and Assistant Professor of Medicine
Cardiology Section Leader, Peripheral Vascular Program
Assistant Director of the Cardiac Catheterization 
Director of Cath Lab Research Laboratory
Duke University
Durham, NC
* FSCAI (Fellow-in-SCAI) applicant


Designed to lead join the interventional and invasive cardiology community in tackling continuous quality improvement (CQI) in the cardiac cath lab, SCAI's Quality Improvement Toolkit
(SCAI QIT) features several tools focused on:

            o Guidelines; 
            o Peer review conferences;
            o Random case selection;
            o National database participation;
            o Pre-procedure checklists;
            o Data collection; and
            o Inventory management

The beauty of SCAI QIT is that it is flexible and can be customized for each user. Even better, you will lead the way at your own institution, using its practical tools to document your strengths, identify opportunities for improvement, and prepare for government-mandated "Pay-for-Quality" initiatives. For additional information or to sign up as a Quality Champion please visit