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Sheaths Left in Place
When an arterial sheath is left in place for whatever reason, what is the accepted connection? Is a pressurized saline flush necessary to prevent clot formation? This sheath is to be removed in 4 hours.
Mary Floyd, RN, BSN, CCRN, RCIS, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab
At the end of the procedure, we flush the sheath with heparinized saline and insert an obturator. It does not matter how long it is in — we do nothing else with it except remove it at the appropriate time.
Inventory Coordinator Duties
At the Medical University of South Carolina, we are trying to gather more information about a specific job title that was represented in the Cath Lab Digest March 2008 Salary Survey results. The job title was Inventory Coordinator. I'm looking for qualifications and job descriptions from any hospital that has this position.
The inventory coordinator (see job description) at our facility reports directly to me (Director Cardiac & Vascular Services). The person in the role worked as a cardiac vascular assistant for years and was formerly a patient care assistant on a nursing unit.
Jo Ann K. Bretz, RN, MBA, CNA-BC
Director Cardiac & Vascular Services
The Reading Hospital Regional Heart Center, Reading, PA