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A Year in Review and a Look Ahead from the Mechanical Circulatory Support Council


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Evgenij V. Potapov, MD
MCS Council Links Newsletter Liaison
potapov@dhzb.de



The highlight of the first part of the year 2015 for ISHLT was our annual congress in Nice in April, at which we reviewed and discussed the previous year's work and discussed new developments. The year 2014 was very successful year from an MCS point of view.

First, the MCS Academy was a full success. There were 262 participants and over 50 registration requests could not be accepted. The feedback has been very positive, as was the acceptance of the format by both teachers and participants. This is thanks to the great efforts of U. Jorde and the MCS Academy team. The logical development of this success would be a podcast of all MCS Academy presentations and discussions, posted on the ISHLT website. Based on the feedback, some changes in the format of the MCS Academy are being considered and they will be implemented by the MCS council for next year.

The activities developed by the MCS council, including the academy, MCS guidelines and the congress, are playing an increasing role in the routine life of the MCS community. The MCS guidelines, published in 2013, have already been cited over 130 times. Participation in the MCS Academy and ISHLT congress is obligatory for all VAD residents in Berlin. With an increasing number of patients on VAD support we intend to focus on cooperation and broader involvement of VAD coordinators in the MCS council—these are the people providing care around the clock. These individuals should be further educated and supported by the leadership of the ISHLT. The EACTS held a workshop for VAD coordinators at the end of May in Berlin in cooperation with the Academy for Perfusion and the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin; this first workshop for VAD coordinators in Europe was well attended.

A further development in 2014 was the re-launch of the website www.mylvad.com. The MCS council intends to support the development of such activities on the internet, offering multilingual support.

The next development may by an educational tool in the form of a "Case of the month", presented on the website of the MCS on the ISHLT page, with interactive videos and questions and answers and the right answer appearing only after all steps have been worked through.

All in all, the MCS Council is very pleased with recent developments and believes that we are on track to develop further fora and educational tools for the MCS community. ■

Disclosure Statement: the author has no conflicts of interest to report.




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