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Vol 29, No 3 (2022)
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Submitted: 2019-10-29
Accepted: 2020-07-21
Published online: 2020-08-14
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ILEEM-survey on the Heart Team approach and team training for lead extraction procedures

Christoph T. Starck123, Frank Bracke4, Peter-Paul Delnoy5, Roger A. Freedman6, Andrzej Kutarski7, Mark Gallagher8, Morio Shoda910, Robert Peyton11, Manav Sohal8, Frederik Gadler12, Kamil Sedlacek13, Juha Hartikainen14, Patrizio Mazzone15, Alexander Breitenstein16, Nigel Lever17
DOI: 10.5603/CJ.a2020.0106
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Pubmed: 32914862
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Cardiol J 2022;29(3):481-488.
Affiliations
  1. German Heart Center Berlin, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Berlin, Germany
  2. German Center of Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), partner site Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  3. Steinbeis University Berlin, Institute (STI) of Cardiovascular Perfusion, Berlin, Germany
  4. Department of Cardiology, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  5. Department of Cardiology, Isala Hospital, Zwolle, The Netherlands
  6. University of Utah Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  7. Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
  8. Cardiology Clinical Academic Group, St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
  9. Department of Cardiology, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
  10. Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Matsumoto, Japan
  11. UNC REX Healthcare, Cardiac Surgical Specialists, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  12. Department of Cardiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
  13. Department for Cardiology, Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM), Prague, Czech Republic
  14. Heart Center, Kuopio University Hospital and University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
  15. Department of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing Unit, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
  16. Division of Electrophysiology and Pacing, Department of Cardiology, University Heart Center Zurich, Switzerland
  17. Green Lane Cardiovascular Service, Auckland City Hospital, and University of Auckland, New Zealand

open access

Vol 29, No 3 (2022)
Original articles — Clinical cardiology
Submitted: 2019-10-29
Accepted: 2020-07-21
Published online: 2020-08-14

Abstract

Background: The Heart Team approach has become an integral part of modern cardiovascular medicine. To evaluate current opinions and real-world practice among lead extraction practitioners, an online survey was created and distributed among a pool of lead extraction specialists participating in the International Lead Extraction Expert Meeting (ILEEM) 2018.
Methods: The online survey consisted of 10 questions and was performed using an online survey tool (www.surveymonkey.com). The collector link was sent to 48 lead extraction experts via email.
Results: A total of 43 answers were collected (89% return rate) from lead extraction experts in 16 different countries. A great majority (83.7%) of the respondents performed more than 30 lead extraction procedures per year. The most common procedural environment in this survey was the hybrid operating room (67.4%). Most procedures were performed by electrophysiologists and cardiologists (80.9%). Important additional members of the current lead extraction teams were cardiac surgeons (79.1%), anesthesiologists (95.3%) and operating room scrub nurses (76.7%). An extended Heart Team is regarded beneficial for patient care by 86.0%, with potential further members being infectious diseases specialists, intensivists and radiologists. Team training activities are performed in 48.8% of participating centers.
Conclusions: This survey supports the importance of establishing lead extraction Heart Teams in specialized lead extraction centers to potentially improve patient outcomes. The concept of a core and an extended Heart Team approach in lead extraction procedures is introduced.

Abstract

Background: The Heart Team approach has become an integral part of modern cardiovascular medicine. To evaluate current opinions and real-world practice among lead extraction practitioners, an online survey was created and distributed among a pool of lead extraction specialists participating in the International Lead Extraction Expert Meeting (ILEEM) 2018.
Methods: The online survey consisted of 10 questions and was performed using an online survey tool (www.surveymonkey.com). The collector link was sent to 48 lead extraction experts via email.
Results: A total of 43 answers were collected (89% return rate) from lead extraction experts in 16 different countries. A great majority (83.7%) of the respondents performed more than 30 lead extraction procedures per year. The most common procedural environment in this survey was the hybrid operating room (67.4%). Most procedures were performed by electrophysiologists and cardiologists (80.9%). Important additional members of the current lead extraction teams were cardiac surgeons (79.1%), anesthesiologists (95.3%) and operating room scrub nurses (76.7%). An extended Heart Team is regarded beneficial for patient care by 86.0%, with potential further members being infectious diseases specialists, intensivists and radiologists. Team training activities are performed in 48.8% of participating centers.
Conclusions: This survey supports the importance of establishing lead extraction Heart Teams in specialized lead extraction centers to potentially improve patient outcomes. The concept of a core and an extended Heart Team approach in lead extraction procedures is introduced.

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Keywords

lead extraction, Heart Team, team training, pacemaker, ICD

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Title

ILEEM-survey on the Heart Team approach and team training for lead extraction procedures

Journal

Cardiology Journal

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Vol 29, No 3 (2022)

Article type

Original Article

Pages

481-488

Published online

2020-08-14

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2264

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807

DOI

10.5603/CJ.a2020.0106

Pubmed

32914862

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Cardiol J 2022;29(3):481-488.

Keywords

lead extraction
Heart Team
team training
pacemaker
ICD

Authors

Christoph T. Starck
Frank Bracke
Peter-Paul Delnoy
Roger A. Freedman
Andrzej Kutarski
Mark Gallagher
Morio Shoda
Robert Peyton
Manav Sohal
Frederik Gadler
Kamil Sedlacek
Juha Hartikainen
Patrizio Mazzone
Alexander Breitenstein
Nigel Lever

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