Performance and training standards for endovascular ischemic stroke treatment

New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Neurological Institute, New York, New York, USA.
Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery (Impact Factor: 2.77). 07/2009; 1(1):10-2. DOI: 10.1136/jnis.2009.000687
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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan. According to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, there are now 750,000 new strokes that occur each year, resulting in 200,000 deaths, or 1 of every 16 deaths, per year in the USA alone. Endovascular therapy for patients with acute ischemic stroke is an area of intense investigation. The American Stroke Association has given a qualified endorsement of intra-arterial thrombolysis in selected patients. Intra-arterial thrombolysis has been studied in two randomized trials and numerous case series. Although two devices have been granted FDA approval with an indication for mechanical stroke thrombectomy, none of these thrombectomy devices has demonstrated efficacy for the improvement of patient outcomes. The purpose of the present document is to define what constitutes adequate training to perform neuroendovascular procedures in patients with acute ischemic stroke and what performance standards should be adopted to assess outcomes. These guidelines have been written and approved by multiple neuroscience societies which historically have been directly involved in the medical, surgical and endovascular care of patients with acute stroke. The participating member organizations of the Neurovascular Coalition involved in the writing and endorsement of this document are the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Cerebrovascular Section, and the Society of Vascular & Interventional Neurology.

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    • "In 2004, the FDA cleared the use of the first clot retrieval device, the MERCI retriever, for thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke up to 8 h after symptom onset (1). A variety of modalities have been adapted for intracranial thrombectomy including corkscrew retrieval devices, aspiration thrombectomy, and stent retrievers. "
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    Frontiers in Neurology 09/2014; 5:170. DOI:10.3389/fneur.2014.00170
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    • "A task force team (TFT) was organized in August 2010 to develop training programs and certification. TFT members conducted research on programs and systems in other countries1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21) and conceptualized the programs that would best suit Korea. After 1 year of effort, a rough draft of the ENS training and certification regulations was prepared, and the standard training program title was decided. "
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    ABSTRACT: The need for standard endovascular neurosurgical (ENS) training programs and certification in Korea cannot be overlooked due to the increasing number of ENS specialists and the expanding ENS field. The Society of Korean Endovascular Neurosurgeons (SKEN) Certification Committee has prepared training programs and certification since 2010, and the first certificates were issued in 2013. A task force team (TFT) was organized in August 2010 to develop training programs and certification. TFT members researched programs and systems in other countries to develop a program that best suited Korea. After 2 years, a rough draft of the ENS training and certification regulations were prepared, and the standard training program title was decided. The SKEN Certification Committee made an official announcement about the certification program in March 2013. The final certification regulations comprised three major parts: certified endovascular neurosurgeons (EN), certified ENS institutions, and certified ENS training institutions. Applications have been evaluated and the results were announced in June 2013 as follows: 126 members received EN certification and 55 hospitals became ENS-certified institutions. The SKEN has established standard ENS training programs together with a certification system, and it is expected that they will advance the field of ENS to enhance public health and safety in Korea.
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    International journal of preventive medicine 05/2013; 4(Suppl 2):S306-12.
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