Nurses and allied professionals can help overcome challenges in PCI

The data available for complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are encouraging, and results show that patients experience symptom relief and have a decreased need for cardiac surgery with better survival outcomes. But, as the development of technology and materials in interventional cardiology improves, more studies are needed to determine how to treat patients with comorbidities and those with complex coronary artery disease.

A session today will examine how nurses and allied professionals in complex PCI can help meet the challenges facing the technique.

Ricardo Esteves, facilitator of the session entitled "Challenges in complex PCI - the role of nurses and allied professionals" says: "We need to understand how to improve results at the level of long-term mortality. It is important that everyone who works in the cath lab understands the techniques used for complex patients and in complex PCI, in order to be better able to provide a safe environment for the team and the patient".

Sarah Carson is also a facilitator for the session and says: "Complex angioplasty, including rotational atherectomy and approaches to CTO angioplasty is becoming increasingly common and important in our day-to-day work. Attend this session if you want to gain an insight into advanced techniques and deliver optimal performance as a team in challenging cases. Join other nurses and allied professionals to discuss and share your experiences!"

At today's session, Andreas Baumbach will introduce the nurse and allied professionals programme at EuroPCR, and two cases will be assessed; the first is on chronic total occlusions and the second is on the use of a rotablator. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience discussion and interaction after each case study is presented, and the session evaluation and key learnings will be summarised by co-facilitator Hervé Faltot.