The Cureus Journal of Medical Science is proud to introduce the publishing competition on Strategies to Promote Long-Term Cardiac Implant Site Health.
Cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) have become a vital standard of care for patients suffering from cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. However, the tremendous benefits of CIEDs need to be balanced against the long-term risks and challenges of living with a medical device implant. Moreover, as patient survival increases, device reoperations become ever more common (e.g. device replacements or upgrades, or lead replacements or revisions).
Technical advances do not negate the human body’s response to soft tissue foreign implants, which by nature invokes inflammation, fibrosis, and encapsulation. Potential other sequela include hematoma, seroma, or infection at implant site; allergic reaction to device materials; device erosion or migration; dense fibrous encapsulation/calcification surrounding device and leads at implant site; changes in device heat dissipation, electrical sensing, or defibrillation thresholds; and implant site discomfort or poor cosmesis.
With the goal to document challenges, share clinical knowledge and experiences, and ultimately improve patient outcomes, we invite original submissions (case reports/series, original articles, technical reports and review articles) that contribute to deeper understanding of implant site difficulties and sharing of procedural strategies to promote long-term implant site health. Submissions should focus on one or more of the following topics:
- Biologic Response to CIED Foreign Body Implants
Clinical examples of typical implant site healing sequela which create challenges for reoperation or increased risks for long-term CIED treatment, including special populations such as high or low BMI patients, pediatric or elderly patients, and patients receiving S-ICDs.
- Strategies for Achieving Long-Term Predictable Outcomes for CIED Implant Sites
Strategies and decision-making to: assess patient-specific CIED implant site needs, mitigate potential complications, and define the important elements for promoting optimal long-term surgical implant site and patient health.
- Surgical Techniques for CIED Implant Site Management
Surgical technique(s) used at the time of CIED implantation that improve or enhance long-term health of the implant site and/or patient procedural satisfaction.
To foster educational awareness, our goal is to share the results with the cardiology community worldwide. To encourage dissemination, all published materials will be Open Access and indexed with PubMed Central. We encourage any surgeon or clinician in the cardiology community to contribute!
Program administration has been enabled through the financial support of Aziyo. Article selection, editorial review, peer review, publication and competition winner determination are strictly independent of the sponsor.
Peer Review Panel
All article submissions will undergo an independent pre-publication peer review conducted by a world-class team of experts.
John N. CatanzaroAssistant Professor, M.D. | Cardiology
Cardiology/Electrophysiology, University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Thomas F. DeeringM.D. | Cardiology
Cardiac Electrophysiology, Piedmont Heart Institute, Atlanta, GA, USA
Sunil KapurM.D. | Cardiology
Cardiac Electrophysiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Hemal NayakAssociate Professor, M.D. | Cardiology
Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Robert D. SchallerAssistant Professor, D.O. | Cardiology
Cardiac Electrophysiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Benjamin A. D'SouzaAssistant Professor, M.D. | Cardiology
Cardiology, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Keith B. AllenAssistant Professor, M.D. | Cardiac/Thoracic/Vascular Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO, USA
Frank N. SlachmanM.D. | Cardiac/Thoracic/Vascular Surgery
Cardiovascular Surgery, Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento, CA, USA
Ulrika Birgersdotter-GreenM.D. | Cardiology
Cardiology, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
David A. WoodardM.D. | Cardiology
Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Piedmont Heart Institute, Athens, USA
The entry period is now closed. Competition entries appear below as they are published. Now is your chance to score and discuss these articles. Remember, honorariums will be awarded to the three highest-scoring articles!
Competition entry and article submission is entirely free. All submitted work must be previously unpublished. Eligible entries include original articles, case reports/series, review articles and technical reports.
All articles must be submitted and formatted via the template-driven, self-publishing Cureus platform. Authors are encouraged to include supporting images, charts, tables and/or videos within their article submissions. Reference limits vary by article type. For additional information on publishing with Cureus, please refer to our Author Guide.
- All clinical studies must be compliant with applicable regulatory, ethics / IRB, and other rules governing protection of human subjects.
- All non-clinical studies must be compliant with applicable AAUC, AAALAC, and other related regulations.
- This program is not intended to promote or otherwise encourage unapproved, un-cleared use of products or any product for unapproved new use.
- This program in no way promotes or purports to encourage any research that is not in compliance with any local, federal, or other applicable governing laws.
Statement of Independence
Cureus publishing competitions are intended to encourage medical discovery and document clinical experiences – be they positive, negative, or neutral and foster broader educational outreach through Open Access publication that is free to both authors and readers.
Article submissions must adhere to the described “call for articles” and are open to any and all related manufacturer or vendor technologies.
As a firewall to ensure objective and credible science, article selection, editorial review, peer review and publication are strictly independent of the sponsoring company.
Winning articles are selected exclusively via peer review panel and community crowdsourced scoring. Neither the sponsoring company, nor Cureus, can determine the competition outcome.
Winning Article Awards
The three highest Cureus SIQ™ (Scholarly Impact Quotient™) scored published articles will be awarded an honorarium for Cureus Scientific Excellence™:
- $5,000 USD for 1st place
- $2,000 USD for 2nd place
- $1,000 USD for 3rd place
Subsequent to a formal editorial and peer review, published articles undergo SIQ scoring - Cureus’ unique crowdsourced, secondary peer-review process. In addition to measuring engagement, SIQ allows the community-at-large to rate the quality of individual articles. Reviewers assign scores from 1 to 10 on criteria including clarity and rationale, clinical importance, study design and methods, data analysis, novelty of conclusions and quality of presentation.
Aggregated community SIQ scores allow clinicians and researchers to quickly assess article quality in a manner similar to that of Amazon® and Yelp® community reviews.
Eligible articles must receive a minimum of five scores. (A Cureus user can assign only one score per article.) As engagement and scoring is critical to winning, authors are highly encouraged to share their published articles via social media and email.
Sunshine Act Reporting
Section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act requires applicable manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, biologicals, and medical supplies to report payments or other transfers of value made to physicians and teaching hospitals. For winning article and referral awards paid to “covered recipients,” award fees shall be supplied to Aziyo for subsequent Sunshine Act reporting.
- Tuesday, July 14, 2020 – Competition begins; articles may now be submitted.
- Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Article submission deadline @ 5:00 pm ET (DEADLINE EXTENDED!)
- Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – Peer review of all eligible articles concludes.
- Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – Crowdsourced scoring (SIQ) complete @ 5:00 pm ET
- Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Winning articles announced