The Stent for Life Initiative
The Stent for Life Initiative - the joint initiative between the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI), a registered branch of the ESC and EuroPCR is an European platform for interventional cardiologists, government representatives, industry partners, patient groups and patients to work together, and, by shaping the health care systems and medical practices, to ensure that the majority of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients have an equal access to the life saving indication of p-PCI.
The purpose of the Stent for Life Initiative is to:
Reduce the mortality and morbidity of patients suffering from acute coronary syndromes (ACS) by supporting the implementation of European Clinical Practice Guidelines on Myocardial Revascularization at national and regional levels.
There are two key objectives that will determine Stent for Life success:
Define regions and countries with an unmet medical need in the optimal treatment of ACS
Implement an action programme to increase patient access to primary PCI where indicated, and thus increase the use of primary PCI to more than 70% among all STEMI patients, achieve PCI rates of more than 600 per one million inhabitants per year, and offer 24/7 service for p-PCI procedures at invasive facilities to cover the country STEMI population need.
Stent for Life Guidebook: Your How-to-Guide
As a member of the Stent for Life Initiative, or being inspired by the SFL program, Stent for Life Guidebook will provide you with guidance on all aspects of SFL, including setting up your local SFL structure and Task Force, establishing external partnerships, mapping the local situation, developing a strategic plan and delivering changes in local practice. We invite you to familiarise yourself not only with the current contents, but also any updates we send as new materials become available. Finally, we would like to thank you for your hard work and commitment to the success of this important initiative.
We value your feedback so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments about how to become a Stent for Life affiliate.