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Polish Working Group for Intensive Cardiac Therapy

Testimonial from Dr. Marek Banaszewski (Chairperson)

Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)


What are your main project/achievements?

The Working Group for Intensive Cardiac Therapy and Resuscitation of Polish Cardiac Society was founded in year 2001 as a continuation of the former Working Group for Resuscitation.
Nowadays our Working Group has got 164 members. It associates Polish Cardiac Society members interested in issues of the intensive cardiac therapy.

The main task of our Work Group is to promote and strengthen the role of intensive cardiac therapy so that it could become a separate cardiologic subspecialisation in the near future. On the Annual Congress of Polish Cardiac Society our Working Group always organizes a scientific session where the most urgent and newest topics of intensive cardiac therapy are presented and discussed. Those sessions are very popular and gather many participants every year.

Our Working Group is also a co-author of a nationwide Registry describing the current situation of intensive cardiac therapy in Poland, availability of equipment for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes and a state of employment of a medical stuff.

In 2012, the Working Group also initiated a Nationwide Registry of Therapeutic Hypothermia. We believe, that results of this Registry will allow us to confirm the value of therapeutic hypothermia as well as to spread this method as a standard one in comatose patients after cardiac arrest for a broader scale.

What are the main issue encountered in your country in the way of acute cardiovascular care disease are managed?

A significant development in cardiology that took place in past years somehow naturally prompted a necessity of distinguishing new subspecialisations. We have all accepted such subspecialties of cardiology as electrotherapy and interventional cardiology.
Therefore for many of us it is obvious that now it is time for the intensive cardiac therapy. The main idea to create it is to maintain diagnostics and treatment of patients with life-threatening conditions caused by cardiovascular diseases in hands of cardiologists. Of course, the intensive cardiac therapy must have an interdisciplinary profile that adopts many elements from other specialties like anaesthesiology, nephrology and haematology.  

Wat are the main gaps identified and how could that be solved?

Although intensive cardiac therapy already exists in Poland, we still lack basic legal regulations in this field. Customarily intensive therapy in a broad sense is reserved for anaesthesiologists and is their domain. But the times are changing and progress in cardiology is really significant. Legal regulations for intensive cardiac therapy would enable some crucial changes in specialisation programmes as well as in equipment of such departments and employment of medical professionals.
We strongly believe that if such activities were taken on in the whole Europe, not in one country, they would have higher priority and greater chances for success.

What do you expect from your collaboration with ACCA/ESC? 

I think, that ACCA/ESC plays a crucial role in the field of acute cardiac care all over the Europe. But the times are changing so quickly. In my opinion, closer cooperation with National Working Groups of Acute Cardiac Care is very important to show where we are now and what is our future. European Survey of acute cardiac care would be the proper method to rich this goal.
Another issue is closer cooperation with other Societies of Intensive Therapy to exchange our results and observations in this field. But mainly, I believe that ACCA/ESC shares our aspiration to create a specific subspecialisation - "Intensive Cardiac Therapy” and will support us to reach this goal. I think, that the Polish Working Group of Intensive Cardiac Therapy and Resuscitation of Polish Cardiac Society has enough experience in this area to share it with European Colleagues and to create the right "Road Map".