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June 2020

Amir Lotfi, MD


Congratulations to Amir Lofti, MD, FSCAI, Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate and interventional cardiologist at Baystate Health, who served as Chair of the writing group that recently published the Expert Consensus Statement on Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest for the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). The statement makes recommendations for managing patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and was published last month in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, the official journal of SCAI. Dr. Lotfi and his colleagues also presented the guidelines during the SCAI 2020 Scientific Sessions Virtual Conference in May 2020. The goal of the consensus statement is to increase standardized language and streamline care for OHCA in order to improve patient outcomes.

OHCA is a significant public health issue throughout the country and the region with very high mortality and morbidity. According to Dr. Lotfi, OHCA affects 347,000 people annually with only a 10% survival rate in the United States. “Two out of three cardiac arrests of OHCA happen at home. This document is centered on evidence-based and patient-oriented management to assess and treat those with OHCA,” said Dr. Lotfi.

Read the paper here.

Citation: Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2020 May 14. doi: 10.1002/ccd.28990. Online ahead of print.

Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc, MHM, Assistant Dean for Population Health and Professor of Medicine
Mihaela Stefan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine
Tara C. Lagu, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine
Quinn R. Pack, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Medicine
Victor Pinto-Plata, MD, MA, Associate Professor of Medicine

JAMA faculty May 2020

Congratulations to Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc, MHM, Assistant Dean for Population Health and Professor of Medicine, and his team on the publication of “Association Between Initiation of Pulmonary Rehabilitation After Hospitalization for COPD and 1-Year Survival Among Medicare Beneficiaries” in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in May 2020.

The article described the association between initiation of pulmonary rehabilitation (a structured exercise and education program) and survival of patients with advanced lung disease. Investigators demonstrated that patients enrolled in rehabilitation after a hospitalization lived longer than those who did not. These findings support current guideline recommendations for pulmonary rehabilitation after hospitalization for COPD, although further research is still needed.

Under the leadership of study co-author, Dr. Victor Pinto Plata, Baystate Health operates three Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) programs at Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, and Baystate Noble Hospital that care for hundreds of patients with COPD each year. Unfortunately, study results showed that very few patients enroll in these types of programs despite apparent mortality benefit. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan and the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Worcester campus, Baystate investigators are currently preparing a grant proposal to study novel strategies for enhancing patient participation.

Additional authors on this paper include Penelope S. Pekow, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at UMass Amherst and Senior Biostatistician at UMMS-Baystate; Kathleen M. Mazor, EdD, Professor of Medicine at UMMS; UMMS-Baystate research staff Aruna Priya, MA, MSc and Kerry A. Spitzer, PhD, MPA; as well as Richard ZuWallack, MD of Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT.

Read the abstract here.

Citation: Lindenauer PK, Stefan MS, Pekow PS, et al. Association Between Initiation of Pulmonary Rehabilitation After Hospitalization for COPD and 1-Year Survival Among Medicare Beneficiaries. JAMA. 2020;323(18):1813–1823. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4437

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