Earlier this month, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) held their annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL. The meeting featured the presentations and discussions on the latest clinical data in interventional cardiology and emphasized the mission to "Save and Enhance Lives." Beginning with this meeting, one of the key initiatives SCAI will focus on this year is workplace safety. There is a growing body of data that sheds light on the serious occupational risks that cath lab teams face over the course of their careers. In the last 18 months, there has been a significant increase in the data that has been published and new findings such as increased risk of premature vascular aging and cognitive impairment have shed light on the scope of the problem.
Over the past 18 months there has been a surge of news highlighting incredible technological innovations around the globe. Many of those stories have one theme in common – they focus on major advancements in robotic technologies. It is beginning to feel like we are at the dawn of a “Jetsons”-like era where robots are able to do everything from walk your dog to vacuum your floor and schedule your day. Robots are continuing to develop and will help us to perform our daily tasks and set a new standard for how we live our lives.