Letter by the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, the Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology Regarding Article, “Public Health Urgency Created by the Success of Mechanical Thrombectomy Studies in Stroke”
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To the Editor:
We read with interest the recent article, “Public Health Urgency Created by the Success of Mechanical Thrombectomy Studies in Stroke” by Drs Hopkins and Holmes.1 We are concerned that Drs Hopkins and Holmes downplay the importance of the rigorous 1- to 2-year training required to perform intracranial mechanical thrombolysis and manage its potentially life-threatening complications. To ensure patient safety, worldwide training standards have evolved that ensure completion of the proper number of intracranial interventional procedures to establish competency in performing neurointervention, including mechanical thrombolysis. Although the field of neurointervention is shared by physicians of different specialty backgrounds, all …