May 22nd 2018

SCAI expert consensus statement on operator and institutional requirements for PFO closure for secondary prevention of paradoxical embolic stroke: The American Academy of Neurology affirms the value of this statement as an educational tool for neurologist

Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 

Authors: Eric Horlick MD, FSCAI (Chair); Clifford J. Kavinsky MD, PhD, MSCAI (Co‐Chair);  Zahid Amin MD, MSCAI; Konstantinos Dean Boudoulas MD, FSCAI; John D. Carroll MD, MSCAI;  Ziyad M. Hijazi MD, MSCAI; Dana Leifer MD, FAAN; Helmi L. Lutsep MD, FAAN; John F. Rhodes MD, FSCAI; and Jonathan M. Tobis MD, MSCAI.

SCAI, in concert with the American Academy of Neurology, recommended operator and institutional volumes necessary to begin and sustain a PFO closure program.  Operators should have performed >50 structural/congenital interventional procedures with either ³25 septal interventions or ³12 PFO closures.  Operators should continue to perform ³30 septal interventions or ³15 PFO closures over a 2-year period.  Institutions should have performed >100 structural/congenital interventional procedures in the 2 years prior to PFO program initiation.  Institutions should continue to perform ³50 such procedures annually including ³25 septal interventions or ³12 PFO closures.