The European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI), the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Regulatory Affairs Committee and Women as One support continuous review and improvement, not only in the practice of assuring patients a high quality of care but also in providing health professionals with support documents to help them in their career and enhance gender equity. Recent surveys have revealed that radiation exposure is commonly reported as the primary barrier for women pursuing a career in interventional cardiology or cardiac electrophysiology (EP). The fear of foetal exposure to radiation during pregnancy may lead to a prolonged interruption in their career. Accordingly, this joint statement aims to provide a clear statement on radiation risk and the existing data on the experience of radiation-exposed cardiologists who continue to work in catheterisation laboratories (cath labs) throughout their pregnancies. In order to reduce the barrier preventing women from accessing these careers, increased knowledge in the community is warranted. Finally, by going beyond simple observations and review of the literature, our document suggests proposals for improving workplace safety and for encouraging equity.
Reference: Radiation protection for healthcare professionals working in catheterisation laboratories during pregnancy: an EAPCI position statement in collaboration with EHRA, EACVI, the ESC Regulatory Affairs Committee and Women as One. Manzo-Silberman S, Velázquez M, Burgess S, Sahni S, Best P, Mehran R, Piccaluga E, Vitali-Serdoz L, Sarma A, Barbash IM, Mauri J, Szymański P, Hinterbuchner L, Stefanini G, Gimelli A, Maurovich-Horvat P, Boersma L, Buchanan GL, Pontone G, Holmvang L, Karam N, Neylon A, Morice MC, Leclercq C, Tarantini G, Dudek D, Chieffo A. EuroIntervention. 2022 Nov 22:EIJ-D-22-00407.