ESC May Re-Examine Guidelines in Wake of Poldermans Dismissal

In the wake of the dismissal of Don Poldermans from the Erasmus Medical Center due to scientific misconduct (for background see this and this) the European Society of Cardiology has announced that Poldermans has resigned from his position as chairperson of the task force that created the ESC practice guidelines for preoperative cardiac risk assessment and preoperative cardiac management in non-cardiac surgery.

The ESC also stated that it is “looking into” the guidelines “in order to decide if these need to be re-examined in the light of recent events.” Here is the ESC statement:

 ESC Guidelines are based on the contributions of many European experts and on available evidence based medicine, including many studies from different nations. They are, therefore, the result of a group discussion and not of an individual position. We are saddened by Prof Poldermans’ situation and, although we are confident that our Guidelines are supported by reliable data, we are carefully looking into the Guidelines for Pre-operative Cardiac Risk Assessment. Supplying the best possible guidance to physicians in order to improve medical practice and ensure patients receive the best treatment, is our main objective and we will continue to work towards this goal.

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