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  • May, 2015
    Volume 23
    Issue 5

    John Carroll, CEO, Cardiac Partners, Tucson, Arizona

    Adopting a dyad structure to manage their cardiovascular service line may be the best option for providers, especially for the high-cost cardiac cath lab.

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    Volume 23 - Issue 5 - May, 2015   |   1,898 reads

    E. Kristine Hammer, RN, BSN, Cardiac Cath Lab/Electrophysiology/Interventional Radiology/Staging Director, Kissimmee, Florida

    We have 4 rooms, including 1 electrophysiology (EP) lab and 2 catheterization labs utilizing GE Innova imaging, and 1 hybrid lab utilizing Philips imaging.

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    Volume 23 - Issue 5 - May, 2015   |   2,090 reads

    Rhonda Long, Director, Corazon, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    As catheterization procedural volumes increase and the population ages, Corazon believes that preparation in the cath lab for an increased frequency of stroke is warranted.

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    Richard R. Heuser, MD, FACC, FACP, FESC, FSCAI, Chief of Cardiology, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona

    The recently introduced Prodigy support catheter (Radius Medical) can be utilized both with complex percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) as well as in chronic total occlusion (CTO) cases.

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    Compiled by Morton J. Kern from contributions by Robert Applegate, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Malcolm Bell, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; Samuel M. Butman, Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Cottonwood, Arizona; David J. Cohen, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Missouri; Mauricio G. Cohen, University of Miami, Miami, Florida; John McB Hodgson, Cincinnati, Ohio; Kirk Garratt, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, New York; David Kandzari, Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia; Aaron Kaplan, Dartmouth, New Hampshire;  Prashant Kaul, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Ajay Kirtane, Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, New York; Michael Krucoff, Wake Forest University, North Carolina; August Pichard, Washington Heart Center, Washington, D.C.; Ramon Quesda, Miami, Florida; Fred Resnick, Boston, Massachusetts; Peter Ver Lee, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine; Mladen I. Vidovich, Chicago, Illinois; Chris White, Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Gus Pichard, Washington Heart Center, asks, “Mort, who among the radialists has stopped shaving the groin?

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    Volume 23 - Issue 5 - May, 2015   |   3,302 reads

    CLI Perspectives is headed by section editor J.A. Mustapha, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming, Michigan. 

    This month, Dr. Mustapha talks with Craig M. Walker, MD, FACC, FACA, FACP, FSCAI, FASCI, FCCP, FICA, Clinical Professor of Medicine, LSU School of Medicine; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana; Founder, President and Medical Director, Cardiovascular Institute of the South, Houma, Louisiana.

    The CFA is an important site for vascular access as well as an important site for bypass surgical procedures; therefore, typically, stenting is not considered an ideal treatment, although several reports have shown excellent stent patency.

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    Volume 23 - Issue 5 - May, 2015   |   1,863 reads

    Anne M. Pavlik, RHIT, Amphion Medical Solutions, Madison, Wisconsin

    Without a doubt, the ICD-10-PCS transition will create a myriad of challenges for coding within the cath lab and throughout the healthcare industry.

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    Endorsed by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).

    Introduction written by Jeff Davis, RRT, RCIS, FSICP, Educational Guidelines Committee Chair, Florida SouthWestern State College, Fort Myers, Florida.

    The 2015 Educational Guidelines for Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Personnel in the Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory standards are intended to provide a framework for invasive cardiovascular programs as they develop or refine their curricula.

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    Volume 23 - Issue 5 - May, 2015   |   2,420 reads