News & Announcements

HRS Committee Positions

November 7, 2017
To all Physicians & Allied Professionals,

I hope that everyone is enjoying the Autumn season. As many of you are well aware, PACES and HRS continue to work in a collaborative manner along a number of a venues including scientific documents, advocacy, international growth, and partnering in communities.  One way for PACES members to get involved is by joining a community. This message has been well voiced by our current HRS President, George Van Hare MD. The list of communities available to join and expand your network within HRS is well described on the HRS website. (HRS Communities of Practice – “Connect, Network, and Engage”). A Community of Practice is a group of Heart Rhythm Society members who come together to engage, network, and share knowledge and best practices with colleagues in similar areas of practice or who have common professional interests through a variety of platforms. I would encourage you to look at that website.

A second way to get involved is by joining one of the current HRS Committees. For those of you who are unaware of all the active committees within HRS I have listed them below. A more detailed description of all the committees can be found on the HRS Website. Over the last few years, we have been successful in having 1-2 members on nearly every HRS Committee. The term on most of the committees is 2-3 years.  It is not every year that an opportunity to serve on a committee is available.  PACES has been working closely with HRS leadership to identify individuals who we think would add value to the volunteer committees within HRS. Individuals who would like to volunteer on one of the committees as a contributor should have expertise on the subject and demonstrate a strong desire and willingness to serve the society. Volunteer appointments are highly valued within HRS and are based primarily on expertise, length of service within HRS, willingness to commit the time needed, and creating the correct succession plan. Terms are generally staggered to maintain the targeted level of expertise and diversity. Again, not every committee has an opening and reappointments may also be given so as to bring individuals into contact with new members and promote potential future leaders for HRS. The goal of our collaboration and understanding with HRS is that the PACES leadership would put forth 2-3 names to the current HRS President for a possible pediatric committee nomination if a position is available.

If you are interested in volunteering to be on an HRS Committee please reply to me by November 30, 2017 with a brief description as to which committee you would like to be considered for and your experience as it relates to that particular area of interest. Most committees have a junior member on them who is assigned to a senior mentor. As such, junior members should also consider whether this is something they would like to pursue.  In addition, almost every committee has an allied professional member.  

If you have more specific questions please feel free to reach out to me. Please have all responses back to the PACES EC by November 30, 2017.

HRS Committees
Audit Committee, CME Compliance Subcommittee, Communications Committee, Education Committee, Education Program and Services Subcommittee, Ethics Committee, Fellowship Subcommittee, Governance Committee, Health Policy Committee, History Subcommittee, Membership Committee, Nominations Subcommittee, Patient and Caregivers Subcommittee, Reimbursement and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee, Scientific and Clinical Documents Committee, Scientific Sessions Committee.

Sincerely,

Mitchell Cohen MD CCDS CEPS FACC FHRS                          
President of the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society
mitchcohenmd@gmail.com

 

Discontinuation of the Abbott Microny Pacemaker

October 25, 2017
Dear Fellow PACES EP Colleagues,

It has been recently announced that Abbott (previously St Jude) was forced to discontinue production of the Microny Pacemaker due to the obsolescence of components required to manufacturer more devices. For years this device has been the smallest pacemaker on the market at 5.9 cc, and has been an essential option for the smallest of children who require pacing, particularly premature infants, as the next smallest device is 30% larger than the Microny.

There are currently approximately 100 devices in the United States, with expiration dates between now and the spring of 2019 (18 months, or 67 per year on an annualized basis).  There is no equivalent device anticipated in the near future.  Based on a sampling of usage in North America over the last ten years, approximately 40 devices per year were implanted in infants under 10 days of age, 50 in those under a month, and 75 in those under three months.   The vast majority of these infants were small for gestational age or premature, most with weights below 4.5 kg, many far below. Due to the impact of this issue on pediatric electrophysiologists, the PACES executive felt it was important to be proactive. The current usage data would suggest that if devices are only used in children weighing < 4.5 kg the current inventory would allow enough devices for our premature infants and the current supply should get us close to the time of a potentially new device. PACES is working with Abbott to be certain that the devices with the shortest expiration dates are implanted first. We would encourage all pediatric electrophysiologists to use the devices they think are most appropriate. If there is equal justification between a Microny and an alternative device, then a non-Microny device should be considered so as to prolong the inventory of remaining devices.  

Given the fact that implantation of such devices is often performed in conjunction with a pediatric cardiac surgeon this information is being shared with surgeons via the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society. In addition, we would encourage all pediatric electrophysiologists to work with their fetal teams and Abbott if they are aware of an impending delivery of a neonate with AV block.  I want to personally thank Beth Stephenson, Anne Dubin, and Yaniv Bar-Cohen who have been instrumental in facilitating discussions with Abbott and coming up with some structured recommendations for PACES regarding the discontinuation of the Microny pacemaker.  We hope that everyone will work together so that the current remaining devices are used for the most appropriate candidates until a newer device becomes available. If you have specific questions please feel free to reach out to me.

Sincerely,
Mitchell I.  Cohen, MD FACC FHRS                                                    
President, Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society                  mitchcohenmd@gmail.com

 

PJRT Reviews

October 10, 2017
Dear Fellow PACES Colleagues,

I hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying the autumn season. Attached you will find a power point presentation from the education committee summarizing eight recently published electrophysiology articles (PJRT: Pediatric EP Journal Review by Trainees).

I want to personally thank Andy Blaufox and Scott Ceresnak for their continued efforts leading the journal review. I also want to extend a sincere thanks to Will Goodyer, Anica Bulic, Chalese Richardson, and Louis Rigos who reviewed and summarized the papers. If you have specific questions or thoughts on how to improve PJRT please email either Andy (ABlaufox@northwell.edu) or Scott (ceresnak@stanford.edu) directly.

Warmest regards,

Mitchell Cohen MD FACC FHRS
President, Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES)
mitchcohenmd@gmail.com
602-510-7890

 

7th Annual Pediatric Arrhythmia Symposium

September 11, 2017

New Research Study - COMIRB Protocol

August 31, 2017

Exciting New Committee for PACES AP Members

August 21, 2017

Wanted: APs interested in participating in our newly developed PACES AP Research Subcommittee

Purpose: To foster interest in developing and generating nursing/AP led research in the pediatric and adult congenital population

Objectives:

  • Review research proposals/grants for submission to PACES Research Committee
  • Provide support in writing and/reviewing abstracts for presentations
  • Long term goal is to design and implement multi-center studies led by PACES APs
Requirements: Be an AP member in good standing with PACES, interested in working with individuals to design and conduct research, improve patient care within the PACES Community, and commit to a 3-year term of service.

Contact: Vicki Zeigler (VZeigler@twu.edu) or Vicki Freedenberg (vfreeden@cnmc.org) for more information.

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August 14, 2017

New Patient Resource: Heart Block

July 20, 2017

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