ACC Partners With Saudi Arabian Cardiac Interventional Society on CathPCI Registry

The ACC and the Saudi Arabian Cardiac Interventional Society have partnered to implement ACC’s CathPCI Registry in hospitals across Saudi Arabi, becoming the first country-wide, NCDR-based, quality improvement initiative project in the Middle East.

The CathPCI Registry assesses the characteristics, treatments and outcomes of heart disease patients who receive diagnostic catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention procedures. As part of ACC’s Saudi Arabia Chapter – one of the largest ACC international chapters with 141 members – the Saudi Arabian Cardiac Interventional Society aims to work with the ACC to foster a culture of quality improvement in Saudi Arabian hospitals.

ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, notes that ACC’s efforts to expand NCDR globally directly correlate to the College’s mission of transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health. She adds, “The Saudi Arabian Cardiac Interventional Society is a natural partner for this project as they lead efforts in the country to improve heart health in their communities.”  

To begin the first phase of this partnership, sponsored by Medtronic, five hospitals were selected to participate in a one-year pilot program of the CathPCI Registry: Suleiman Al-Habib Hospital, Riyadh; Dammam Military Complex, Dammam; King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah; Suleiman Fageeh Hospital, Jeddah; and Care National Hospital, Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia will also have seven active contributors to the CathPCI Registry, making it the first country outside of the U.S. capable of supporting a country-specific data benchmark. This benchmark would not only allow hospitals in Saudi Arabia to compare their performance to all other participating Saudi Arabian hospitals, but it also lays the foundation for targeted cardiovascular research and partnerships between health care leaders throughout the region.

Pending the success of this pilot program, the collaboration seeks to expand the network of Saudi Arabian hospitals contributing data to the CathPCI Registry.

Mirvat Alasnag, MB BCh, international liaison for the Saudi Arabian Cardiac Interventional Society, states that “through this collaborative effort, the society hopes to standardize the level of care for coronary, structural and peripheral procedures to meet international benchmarks for safety and quality of care.”

Clinical Topics: Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention

Keywords: CathPCI Registry, National Cardiovascular Data Registries, Saudi Arabia, Benchmarking, Quality Improvement, Arabis, Pilot Projects, Hospitals, Military, Registries, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Heart Diseases, Catheterization, Middle East

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