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On-site surgical standby for percutaneous coronary intervention: a thing of the past?
  1. Mark A de Belder
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr M A de Belder
    The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW, UK; mark.debelder{at}


Is the requirement for onsite surgical back-up in centres performing percutaneous coronary intervention still relevant today? See article on page 335.

  • ACS, acute coronary syndrome
  • BCIS, British Cardiovascular Intervention Society
  • CABG, coronary artery bypass grafting
  • PCI, percutaneous coronary intervention
  • PPCI, primary PCI

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