Joint Guidance: Cardiac Multidisciplinary Meetings
Today the BCS publishes a guidance document on the structure and function of cardiac multidisciplinary meetings (MDMs).
The BCS has been working with the Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care, the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society, the British Heart Valve Society and the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery to produce the guidance.
The purpose of the document is to update the existing joint British Societies recommendations published in 2015 to reflect these changes in practice. Its aim is to provide guidance on the structure and function of MDMs which should be taking place in every cardiac surgical centre. Out of scope are MDMs that do not require the routine presence of a cardiac surgeon such as electrophysiology MDMs and those which are not provided in every centre, such as complex aortic surgery.
The Society expresses its thanks to the members of the Working Group and to the leadership of their respective Societies for enabling this document to be developed in a spirit of fruitful collaboration. It is intentionally aspirational and the BCS hopes it will be of particular use as cardiac networks develop around the country.