Percutaneous Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine
Edited by Eric Eeckhout, Patrick W. Serruys, William Wijns, Alec Vahanian, Marc van Sambeek, Rodney De Palma
A Textbook made By and For the interventional community and dedicated to the patients it serves
The PCR-EAPCI Percutaneous Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine Textbook is a first of its kind, all-inclusive reference whose scope and content is patient-centered and promotes good, evidence-based clinical practices. With 2 new chapters dedicated on valves and 25 revised chapters in 2016, 70% content has been updated since its release.
What makes the PCR-EAPCI Textbook stand out?
"The textbook reflects the needs of the modern interventional cardiovascular community as practitioners endeavour to apply their knowledge, skills and professional experience in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients. It aims to keep evolving and remain current, relevant, practical and interesting" - says Rodney De Palma, one of the PCR-EAPCI Textbook editors.
Recently, 25 of the textbook chapters, covering all areas of interventional medicine, have been updated. R. De Palma comments:
“Medicine, especially interventional medicine, is a fast-moving field. We wished to create a ‘living textbook’. The update process is continuous and the 25 updated chapters are a ‘first wave’ to reflect the emergence of new data where authors feel able to provide a balanced account. There will be further updated chapters as time goes by. The intention is not to be a journal but to add wisdom to interventional practice.”
The differences between the updated chapters and the previous versions range from an explanation, account of new data, extra references and re-written sections, to links and additional resources. There is also a completely new chapter on interventional therapy for acute ischaemic stroke. You will be able to hear about and discuss the most popular updated chapters in relevant sessions during this year’s EuroPCR.
R. De Palma notes that there is an ongoing debate about what constitutes the best way of creating a textbook, in particular how to answer the challenge of keeping up to date with new data and practice. He adds,
“Some people prefer a digital platform and others, a print one. There are pros and cons for each. Right from the start we opted for a multimedia approach (print, online and mobile device) to facilitate different learning styles and uses. For a project of this scale, an online version is more easily updatable than print and allows for links to a wide range of additional educational materials. Furthermore, it allows for interactivity which is something we wish to encourage and develop further.”
The volumes include:
Part I – Foundations of interventional cardiovascular medicine
Part II – Diagnostic cardiovascular modalities and their application
Part III – Percutaneous interventions for cardiovascular disease
Part IV – Interventional cardiovascular medicine into context
Part V – Annexes