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Spotlight on … Ellis Cardiologist Dr. Abisse

Monday, January 29, 2018

Below is an excerpt of Dr. Saddam Abisse’s interview with the PERT Consortium. In the interview, Dr. Abisse, a cardiologist at Ellis Hospital, gives an inside look at Ellis’ PERT (an acronym for Pulmonary Embolism Response Team).

Ellis Medicine is a founding member of the 80-member PERT Consortium, a nationwide collective of hospitals with expertise and interest in coordinated delivery of care for patients with Pulmonary Embolism. Ellis was the first hospital in the Capital Region to develop a PERT Program.

Here is an excerpt of the interview with Dr. Abisse (click the link at the bottom for the full interview).

Spotlight on a PERT

From the PERT Consortium

We are excited to continue our Spotlight on a PERT series with a focus on Ellis Hospital, a part of the Ellis Health system, in Schenectady, NY.

Each month we send a set of questions to a different PERT from around the country to get a sense of how they handle pulmonary embolism at their institution. The interview with Dr. Saddam Abisse is shared with the whole Consortium to help new PERTs get started and give experienced groups a "behind the scenes" look to see how others work. 

How long has your institution had a PERT?  

The PERT program at Ellis hospital started in November 2015 with our first Pharmaco-Mechanical Thrombolysis performed in a young gentleman with saddle PE after orthopedic surgery. Our team comprises representatives from the Emergency Department, Non-invasive Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and Cardiothoracic surgery. We joined the PERT consortium in the summer of 2016.

Who participates on the PERT team?

The main participants in the PERT team are Pulmonary & Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Non-invasive Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Hematology is also involved when necessary in circumstances where hypercoagulability is suspected.

How is the team activated?

The Pulmonary embolism response team is activated via paging operator for "PERT" consult. The first responders to the page are Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine. Interventional Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery are consulted via the Misecure internal text messaging system to discuss appropriateness and suitability for various interventional therapies.

How does the team communicate?

The team mainly communicates via phone call and Misecure text messaging. We also have access to remote imaging systems off site. For complicated cases we have live teleconferences or meet in person as a team to review data and discuss the management plan.


  Read the full interview here

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