Stent-Save a Life! at EuroPCR 2019 – Shaping the future for STEMI patients

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Stent-Save a Life! global initiative whose aim is to reduce morbidity and mortality from acute coronary syndrome on a global level.

As every year, Stent-Save a Life! held its annual Forum on the day prior to EuroPCR, Monday May 20th, during which the participants were given an update on progress to date since the launch of the initiative in 2008.

Among the exciting news from Europe – the region where the programme actually started – was confirmation that a manuscript based on the Stent for Life economic model project will be shortly published in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care.

Delegates also heard about the early successes of Stent-Save a Life! in regions that joined the initiative more recently, such as Asia and Latin America. It was evident that for most regions, as Stent-Save a Life’s exposure increased, the initiative attracted more countries especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Forum also provided a platform to welcome 3 new countries – Japan, Taiwan and Uruguay – to join the initiative. A signing ceremony took place to formally include the countries in the programme which now counts no less than 32 members.

Stent-Save a Life! Forum at EuroPCR 2019: Signing ceremony

A new project outlined during the Forum and expected to bring about a positive impact for STEMI patients around the world is the STEMI network Blueprint project derived from the collaboration between Stent-Save a Life! and the not-for profit organisation STEMI India. The project’s objective is to develop a STEMI network guide (Blueprint) based on the Hub and Spoke model successfully implemented in India to help countries set-up their own efficient networks. Delegates were invited to take part into a round table discussion during which they brainstormed on what could be the optimal communication between the network players in order to treat the patient better as well as the approach to assess whether a network is effective or not.

Stent-Save a Life! Forum at EuroPCR 2019: Round table
Stent-Save a Life! Forum at EuroPCR 2019: Round table

Over the next 10 years, it is expected there will be an increasing demand for the Stent-Save a Life! initiative. For that reason, a primary objective is to extend the initiative footprint globally – to countries where primary PCI is not the treatment of choice for STEMI patients – while adapting to the specific needs of a region. For existing member countries, a key objective is to provide them with more practical solutions to reach their goals using precise methodologies and a tool-box to set-up and maintain a STEMI network anywhere in the world.

Stent-Save a Life! Forum at EuroPCR 2019: Group photo
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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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