SIR has resolved to increase interventional radiology’s participation in stroke care, and those efforts include an expansion of stroke education at SIR 2018.
“SIR: The Stroke Course” has expanded to a day-and-a-half of cutting-edge, comprehensive sessions for interventional radiologists experienced in endovascular therapy and cerebral angiography. The popular course, long the centerpiece of stroke education at the annual meeting, requires pre-registration to attend the Wednesday and Thursday sessions; those who didn’t sign up for the course can still do so in the registration area. Attendees can also learn the latest in IR stroke care at sessions held Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Update from the SIR Stroke Advisory Committee,” which takes place Tuesday from 3–4:30 p.m. in Room 411 (Theater), will highlight the committee’s recent efforts.
“An awful lot has been going on behind the scenes, but I’m not sure many of our members realize how much has been happening,” said session co-coordinator Martin Radvany, MD, FSIR, University of Arkansas for Medical Science. “Stroke has become a big thing, and the society is definitely all-in.”
The SIR Executive Council approved the creation of the Stroke Advisory Committee in 2017, asking the committee to find opportunities and remove barriers for qualified interventional radiologists to remain or become involved in stroke care.
The committee has four workgroups, each focused on a different aspect of stroke care and interventional radiology. Attendees will hear a short overview from each — credentialing; training and education; data collection, outcomes, research and publication; and stakeholder relations. Dr. Radvany said that the majority of the 90-minute session would involve questions and answers along with audience discussion.
Session co-coordinator David Sacks, MD, FSIR, Reading Hospital, said as more trials and data show the benefits of endovascular thrombectomy in treating acute ischemic strokes, the number of patients who could benefit from this approach is overwhelming hospitals in some areas.
SIR’s position is that interventional radiologists can fill the workforce gaps that exist in many geographical areas, Dr. Sacks said, either in partnership with a neurointerventional physician or perhaps in a setting with only the interventional radiologist providing care. But developing adequate care requires a team effort involving almost every aspect of an institution.
“This is not just an add-on procedure that you add to your repertoire,” Dr. Sacks said. “It’s more a continuum of care from the ambulance crew to the emergency room, diagnostic radiology, interventional physician, intensive care unit and stroke unit.”
Another Tuesday afternoon session, “Meet the experts,” will look at many of the practical issues beyond the procedures themselves. “What you need to know to build a stroke practice” starts at 5 p.m.
This hour-long session in Room 404B will bring together specialists from academics, private practice and mixed models so physicians can ask detailed questions about stroke practice development. The session also will touch on the new thrombectomy-capable stroke center (TSC) designation and what may deter a hospital from pursuing TSC or attempting for the comprehensive stroke center designation.
“It’s amazing when you enumerate the various services that are involved in caring for stroke patients,” Dr. Radvany said. “It touches on a lot of areas in the health care system. I don’t know that people understand what a complex system they are getting involved in. “
Stroke care-related sessions for Tuesday and Wednesday
The following sessions do not require pre-registration.
Update from the SIR Stroke Advisory Committee
Room 411 (Theater)
Meet the experts: What you need to know to build a stroke practice
SAM: Current status of stroke: A 2018 update
8–10 a.m. Wednesday