BackTable / VI / Podcast / Episode #196
Building a PE Response Team
with Dr. Carin Gonsalves
We talk with Interventional Radiologist Dr. Carin Gonsalves about how her practice built a multidisciplinary Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Response team, including where to start, developing efficient workflows, and obtaining the equipment you need for success.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2022, March 28). Ep. 196 – Building a PE Response Team [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Carin Gonsalves
Dr. Carin Gonsalves is a practicing interventional radiologist and the Division Director of the PERT program at Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Dr. Michael Barraza
Dr. Michael Barraza is a practicing interventional radiologist (and all around great guy) with Radiology Associates in Baton Rouge, LA.
Dr. Aaron Fritts
Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, TX.
In this episode, hosts Dr. Michael Barraza and Dr. Aaron Fritts interview Dr. Carin Gonsalves, interventional radiologist, about building a pulmonary embolism response team (PERT) and the evolution of pulmonary embolism (PE) treatment including large bore suction thrombectomy devices and the importance of multidisciplinary effort in care of patients with PEs.
Dr. Gonsalves discusses how she came to be Division Director of the PERT program at Jefferson University, and her collaborations with Geno Merli, cofounder of the PERT Consortium. Her interest in advancing PE treatment stemmed from her years of performing pulmonary arteriography and catheter directed thrombolysis before the inception of suction thrombectomy devices. She discusses the difficulty she had in obtaining these new devices, and how after 11 months of discussions, the hospital agreed to purchase the necessary equipment to enable the PE response team.
She discusses how the PERT is activated when a patient presents with suspected PE. Her team is comprised of five subspecialties including IR, Pulmonary Critical Care, Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Cardiology. She emphasizes how having a group of experts improves patient care by cutting down on critical decision time. She enjoys sharing the responsibility of evaluating treatment approaches based on the current literature and the diversity of experience in the group.
Finally, we discuss advances in technology for treatment of PE. Dr. Gonsalves enjoys the ease of use and wide range of clots she can treat including acute, subacute and chronic. These devices have been game changers for PE; many patients are poor surgical candidates and have contraindications to thrombolysis. They end by discussing novel uses of these devices that Dr. Gonsalves performs including removal of clot in transit (mobile clot in the IVC, SVC, RA or RV) and vegetations on the tricuspid valve or a pacemaker lead.
The PERT Consortium: https://pertconsortium.org
Inari PEERLESS RCT: https://www.inarimedical.com/peerless/
Inari FlowTriever: https://www.inarimedical.com/flowtriever/
Inari ClotTriever: https://www.inarimedical.com/clottriever-int/
Inari FlowSaver: https://www.inarimedical.com/flowsaver/
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