Stent-Save a Life! Chairman’s New Year message

Happy New Year to our readership, to all Stent-Save a Life! representatives in the member countries, to members of both Stent-Save a Life! Steering Committee and Advisory Board, to members, officers and staff of the various endorsing scientific societies, to the entire team at Europa Organisation – our loyal service provider – and to all our industry partners’ representatives. I wish everyone a healthy, joyful and prosperous 2019!

Christopher NaberAs the holiday season is just behind us, I believe it is a great time to reflect on the past year and acknowledge those who have contributed to better shape the initiative. 2018 has indeed been another notable year for Stent-Save a Life!: the initiative’s global footprint has grown with new member countries joining from Asia, Africa and LATAM; discussions with health official authorities have taken place in China and India in order to take the initiative a step further in those countries; positive developments have been reported in LATAM countries thanks to the Ministry of Health’s involvement; and the initiative was considerably represented at numerous international conferences – AsiaPCR, EuroPCR, STEMI India, APAC, … – with occasionally a specifically dedicated session such as at AfricaPCR and CardioAlex.

The 2018 edition of the Stent-Save a Life! Forum in May was again a great success gathering around 70 participants from all parts of the world. Through various lectures and discussions, the meeting reinforced the idea that an integrated referral system of hub and spoke facilities – coupled to a wider utilisation of modern technology – would help address the challenges currently faced in providing quality evidence-based reperfusion care for STEMI patients.

The ensuing endeavour has been the simultaneous launch of the Blueprint and STEMI app projects in cooperation with the organisation STEMI India who, at the same time, confirmed its full and strong commitment to Stent-Save a Life!. The product of both programmes – that should take shape throughout 2019 – will provide guidance to interested member countries on how to implement an integrated Hub and Spoke model and help connect all players of the STEMI care pathway, hopefully resulting in an increased pPCI reperfusion rate and an improved medical outcome for the STEMI patients.

All of these achievements would never have been possible without the continuous support of our industry partners who have renewed their trust to the initiative for this year. A huge heartfelt thank you to them! Their sponsorship will serve to fund the initiative’s projects, such as, amongst others, the STEMI app technical development that will be assigned to a professional third-party, and this year’s annual Forum meeting that will celebrate Stent-Save a Life’s 10th anniversary. We strongly rely on your presence to make this event a memorable milestone in the initiative’s lifetime, so please save the date now! The scientific programme’s preparation has been entrusted to our LATAM Regional Champions, and should be available soon, while we’re working with the EuroIntervention team to have a special edition released in the April issue.

Since we have committed to provide more practical support to the member countries, we’ll also be looking at funding more speakers’ travel expenses as the demand for best practice and experience sharing is growing among members and especially as more candidates are knocking on the door of the initiative (Japan, Taiwan, Uganda, Paraguay, Chili, …).

Happy New Year2018 has confirmed the positive momentum initiated during the prior year when a global orientation was given to the organisation. I look forward to further collaborating with you all in the years to come and, meanwhile, may 2019 be another exciting and remarkable year filled with success and happiness!

Signature Christophe Naber



Christoph K Naber
Chairman of Stent-Save a Life!

Stent - Save a Life!

The Stent – Save a Life! global initiative aims to improve the delivery of care and patient access to the life saving indications of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (p-PCI), thereby reducing mortality and morbidity in patients suffering from acute coronary syndromes (ACS).


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