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Renal Function and Cardiac Catheterization


Renal Function & Cardiac Catheterization Working Group

The Nova Scotia Renal Program (NSRP) is working with the Cardiovascular Program of Nova Scotia (CVHNS) to develop cardiac catheterization referral guidelines based on renal status. The impetus for this work began in late 2012 when CVHNS conducted an audit to determine why ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients were not being referred for cardiac catheterization; one of the main reasons for non-referral was renal status. A working group comprised of representatives from CVHNS, NSRP and seven physicians representing interventional cardiology, internal medicine, nephrology and radiology was struck to develop a protocol to guide referral in order to promote consistency in practice.

The protocol and quick reference guide were finalized in March 2015 and can be accessed at the following link http://www.nsrp.gov.ns.ca/whats-new


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