Conference Details



8/13/17 – 8/16/17
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Failure Analysis Advisory Council brings together two groups to focus on improving safety through failure analysis in catheter based intervention (CBI) in the human vascular system:  Medical Technology industry experts and key opinion leaders in all areas of vascular intervention (Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Radiology and Neurosurgery). Physician leaders present their worst complications and opine as to how and why they occurred in a confidential, protected environment with the goal of developing ideas for possible future avoidance.

A panel of physician and industry experts then leads open discussion of the complication leading to consensus as to avoidance in the future. Similarly, industry experts are invited to share failure/root cause analysis of device failures reported to FDA which helps give physician leaders insights into a more rigorous and structured analysis of their complications.

Errors in medicine are common. The Institute of Medicine reports up to 98,000 deaths per year due to human error. Errors in CBI are not uncommon. They can be categorized into three basic groups: (1) errors in judgment (including preparation and communication), (2) technical errors and (3) device failure. Failure analysis in CBI thus far has not been adequately inculcated into the physician culture. FACC brings experts from all three groups together to share failures and failure analysis with the ultimate beneficiary being the patients we treat.

Scientific Program Advisors:
L. Nelson Hopkins, MD FAAC
Zvonimir Krajcer, MD
Lindsay Machan, MD
Christopher Metzger, MD
Ross Milner, MD
Steve Ramee, MD
Kenneth Snyder, MD PhD
Learning Objectives:
The meeting will focus on the following objectives:
  • Recognize complications specific to interventions performed by each specialty
  • Determine the causation of complication (judgment error, technical mistake, device failure)
  • Identify significant comorbidity, its impact on vascular intervention, and the management of complications induced by comorbidity
  • Perform failure and root cause analysis of each complication in cooperation with industry engineers
  • Perform multidisciplinary analysis of the complication
  • Develop treatment plans that may aid in reducing the incidence of therapeutic complications, and thereby reduce the overall rate of morbidity and mortality

Before the program, anyone in control of the educational content of this activity will disclose the existence of any financial interest and/or the relationship they or their significant other have with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) to be discussed during their presentation. Disclosures will be included in the final program.

Intended Audience:
This conference is designed for vascular interventionalists in cardiology, vascular surgery, radiology, and neurosurgery and medical technology industry experts.



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