Cardiovascular Team Cases

Submission Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m. ET

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The submission process for Cardiovascular Team Cases is now closed.

Cardiovascular Team members (nurses, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, etc.) submitted cases highlighting collaboration and consultation with interdisciplinary colleagues. Each case presenter will provide at least 1 clinical pearl that can be immediately replicated in similar practices. Accepted case presenters will receive a limited time code for a 10% discount on registration rates.

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Case Submission Details

Briefly describe an interesting clinical case highlighting collaboration and consultation with interdisciplinary colleagues. Highlight the diagnostic features, care coordination/management strategies and experts involved in managing the case and securing a diagnosis. Relate your experience and share with learners at least one clinical pearl that could be immediately replicated in similar practices. The selection criteria will be based upon the clinical decision-making used as a result of the collaborative process to arrive at a diagnosis and/or treatment. The case scenario must illustrate clinical decision-making with teaching points and include the following sections:

  • Background
  • Case Description
  • Collaboration/Management Strategies
  • Conclusion/Clinical Pearl

Sample Cardiovascular Team Cases

Sample Case 1

Publishing Title: Addressing Cardiovascular Health Disparities: Utilizing Team Based Care to Improve Rural Cardiovascular Care
Abstract Body:

Background: Compared to their urban counterparts, rural patients seeking cardiac care are faced with disparities in healthcare access. Objectives: The goal of this pilot study was to gain insight into the healthcare perceptions and behaviors of the consumers living in a designated rural community in Illinois and to test a new team-based cardiovascular care delivery model.

Case: Methods: A mixed methods prospective study was performed to assess the quality of cardiovascular care provided by advanced practice providers (APP) compared to physicians in a rural outpatient clinic. Two independent focus groups, one a rural healthcare provider group and the other a patient centered focus group, were conducted to obtain stakeholder input. Two APP clinics per month were added to the existing physician model. Visit metrics were collected after each patient visit (N-355) from September 2016 until February 2017. Each patient encounter was analyzed to determine compliance with evidence-based guidelines (ACC/AHA) for the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), Left Ventricular (LV) dysfunction, and patients with neither CAD nor LV dysfunction using Mann-Whitney U tests.

Decision-making: Results: Shared themes were identified across both focus groups and included transportation, access to services/testing, availability of physicians, quality of care, patient-physician relationships including communication, coordination of care and education. There was comparable adherence to guidelines for CAD patients, LV dysfunction patients or the combination of both equating APPs to physicians. There were superior measures of patient satisfaction in the categories of concern and confidence favoring the APPs.

Conclusion: This pilot study demonstrates that APPs provide quality outpatient cardiovascular care in the rural setting. Patient satisfaction scores for APPs were comparable or superior to physicians. Results support the use of APPs to provide cardiovascular care in an underserviced rural area. The focus groups identified that a team-based approach is required to satisfy rural community healthcare needs.


Sample Case 2

Publishing Title: Advanced Practice Providers Utilize a Pre-Catheterization Screening Tool to Decrease Contrast Induced Nephropathy
Abstract Body:

Background: A collaborative approach to help decrease contrast induced nephropathy in patients undergoing cardiac catheterization reveals favorable outcomes. Our Invasive Cardiology Advanced Practice Providers were utilized to implement a screening tool to decrease contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) on all patients except STEMI patients having a cardiac catheterization in the outpatient and inpatient setting.

Case: A multidisciplinary team was utilized to identify team leaders to develop a screening tool to identify those at risk for CIN. The tool would also incorporate key elements as defined by the NCDR® CathPCI Registry®. Our team consisted of an Interventional Cardiologist, Advance Practice Provider(APP) and the Registry Coordinator. The Registry's Risk Adjusted Acute Kidney Injury (RA AKI) was utilized for benchmarking.

Decision-making: Our current hydration protocol was reviewed and utilized. The pre-cath assessment tool was incorporated into the APPs workflow for both inpatients and outpatients. The tool provides three prompts. The first addresses if the patient is on ACE, ARB or diuretics. The tool prompts the APP if the patient has received contrast dye in the last 48 hours. Patients identified as high risk received additional hydration. Hourly hydration rate is adjusted relative to GFR and ejection fraction as described in our protocol. The APP evaluation of these patients in conjunction with utilizing the screening tool is the key to identifying patients at risk.

Conclusion: The process of utilizing the APP, the screening tool, and our hydration protocol successfully decreased our patients' risk of CIN. Prior to implementation of this process RA AKI was 3.68. After implementing our RA AKI rate decreased to 2.81. With this new process we made improvements toward the 90th percentile of 2.56 for 2017Q1 compared to 4.15 for 2016Q3. The screening tool helps to raise an awareness of each patients' individual risk and guides the provider to implement practices that decrease risk and improves outcomes. Each component was essential to the success of the screening tool. The APP provided key care coordination.

References/Resources: NCDR® CathPCI Registry® Outcomes Reports 2016Q1 and 2017Q1

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