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Best Practices Committee

Chair:  Jennifer Nowaczyk 

Chair-Elect: Stacy Haverstick

Past Chair: Nancy Richards

Contact: bestpractice@vadcoordinator.org


Mission/Vision

Our mission is to serve as a framework for MCS Coordinator-driven care that is most current, evidence based, and compliant with regulatory standards. These directives represent consensus of the MCS community that are intended for multiple, diverse programs in achieving optimal patient outcomes. Our vision is to develop best practices and clinical pearls in the care of MCS patients through interdisciplinary collaboration. Our secondary mission is to serve as resource to new programs and novice MCS clinicians.


2020 Goals
  • Continuously add valuable content/documents to website
  • Release consensus guidelines for Remote Patient Monitoring
  • Release consensus guidelines for Driveline Management
  • Release consensus guidelines for care of the VAD patient undergoing Bariatric Surgery
  • Update ICCAC Emergency Guides for 2020-2021 (Free Resource to non-members)
  • Launch EMS/Field Guide App


To access ICCAC Best Practices Approved Documents and other MCS references check out Documents under Membership Content or click 

Want to Join Best Practice?


2. Leadership & Members:

 How Leadership is Determined:  Interested members can submit a short biography or curriculum

vitae with a letter of interest. Recommended to serve for (1) year on Best Practice

Committee. Recommended to have been an active ICCAC member for (1) year. The

leadership position is a 2-year commitment (one year as Chair-elect; second year as

Chair).

 Leadership Length of Service: 2 years

 Succession Plan (including how to replace if/when chair leaves early): If the Committee

Chair is unable to fulfill his/her role or needs to step down the co-chair will step into the

position of Best Practice Committee Chair. The notification of an available position will

be sent to all active ICCAC members. Interested members can submit a short biography

or curriculum vitae with a letter of interest. Recommended to serve for (1) year on Best

Practice Committee. Recommended to have been an active ICCAC member for (1) year.

The leadership position is a 2-year commitment. If the co-chair is unable to fulfil his/her

position the same process will be rolled out to invite an active member of the Best

Practice Committee to fulfil this role.


 Best Practice Committee Membership:

o Committee will have at least 5 active ICCAC members.

o Industry representation may be on the committee.

o Team/topic leaders cannot be industry member

o Ancillary ICCAC members may be on committee for projects requiring that

discipline’s input.

o Recruitment achieved through the MCS Collaboration board, newsletter article,

word of mouth via colleagues and communication from Board of Directors/

Officers.


 Committee Membership Requirements:

o Attendance on (1) call per month

o Expected 75% attendance

o Chair/Chair-elect will monitor attendance & notify member with  <75 %

attendance to respond within 15 days with their intention to be removed or

stay.  Chair will remove if no response.

o Participation in at least (1) project per year


3. Scope & Objectives

The Best Practice Committee is responsible for identifying MCS practice issues of

concern or in need of guidance. The Best Practice Committee will select projects and

assemble team of interested members to work on said project(s). Final results will be

shared with the BODs for approval and will then be shared with ICCAC membership via

a document/ paper; poster; PowerPoint or other communication method.


4. Deliverables

Best Practice statements (documents) posted on ICCAC website of selected topics.

Recommendations will include the evidence (or lack thereof) in support of selected

topics.

Member documents


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Committee Chairs
Nancy Richards
Jennifer Nowaczyk
Stacy Haverstick

If you have any questions, please contact bestpractice@vadcoordinator.org.