iCath is a free tool available for your iOS device designed to assist health care professionals in determining the appropriateness of diagnostic catheterization and revascularization based upon the latest 2012 appropriate use criteria guidelines.
These latest criteria address 166 separate indications for diagnostic catheterization and 180 clinical scenarios for coronary revascularization. iCath takes each of these indications and reformats them for quick and easy access on your device.
iCath is an unofficial supplement to the appropriate use criteria and is not intended as their replacement. Please familiarize yourself with the latest criteria before using this app.
HOW IT WORKS:
iCath is divided into three sections.
- Diagnostic – Based upon the 2012 appropriate use criteria for diagnostic catheterization, this section will ask you a series of questions about the presentation or imaging findings of your patient until you ultimately arrive at a recommendation of “Inappropriate”, “Uncertain”, or “Appropriate”.
- Revascularization – Based upon the 2012 focused update on the appropriate use criteria for coronary revascularization, this section functions similar as the Diagnostic tab, except it will give you recommendations for revascularization.
- Appendix – The appendix contains valuable tools and definitions of the terms used throughout the appropriate use criteria.
iCath was written and designed by Weston Hickey, MD, a cardiology fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in collaboration with Marcus Smith, MD and Mazen Abu-Fadel, MD, FACC, FSCAI.
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
VA Medical Center Oklahoma City, OK
The authors have no conflicts of interest or disclosures.
iCath includes clinical tools intended for use solely by licensed healthcare professionals. The information contained in iCath is based upon the 2012 appropriateness use criteria for diagnostic catheterization and intervention . iCath is meant as an unofficial supplement to the published guidelines and is NOT intended to replace them. The authors are not responsible for any of the underlying information or research upon which iCath is based and are no way affiliated with the authors of the appropriate use criteria. By using iCath, you agree that the authors are not responsible for the guidelines or underlying information upon which iCath is based. Nothing contained in iCath should be construed as the giving of advice or the making of a recommendation by the authors. While it is intended to guide the clinical decision-making process, iCath is not meant to serve as a substitute for your own clinical judgment as a healthcare professional. iCath is not intended to be used by the general public. Only a qualified healthcare professional can determine the correct treatment for a particular patient. If you have questions regarding any health-related information contained in iCath, please consult a physician.
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1. Patel MR, et al “ACCF/SCAI/AATS/AHA/ASE/ASNC/HFSA/HRS/SCCM/SCCT/SCMR/STS 2012 Appropriate use criteria for diagnostic catheterization” J Am Coll Cardiol 2012; 59(22): 1995-2027.
2. Patel MR, et al “ACCF/SCAI/STS/AATS/AHA/ASNC/HFSA/SCCT 2012 appropriate use criteria for coronary revascularization focused update.” J Am Coll Cardiol 2012 59(9); 857-881.