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In the not-so-long-ago early days of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), most eyes focused on the physicians who performed the procedures even as behind-the-scenes contributions from nursing also helped make TAVR a success story. Recognition of their value also is raising nursing’s profile in the cardiovascular community.
Learning by doing
When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its national coverage determination for TAVR in 2012, it specified that programs establish a heart team with cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists as well as “additional members … such as echocardiographers, imaging specialists, heart failure specialists, cardiac anesthesiologists, intensivists, nurses and social workers.” The agency...