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  • October, 2014
    Volume 22
    Issue 10

    Tak Kwan, MD, FACC, Division of Cardiology, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York, John Coppola, MD, FACC, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Cardio Division), NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, New York

    The following case is the third in a series of transradial-focused reports directed by section editor Dr. Samir Pancholy. This case series is supported by an educational grant from Medtronic.

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    Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   403 reads

    Orlando Marrero, RCIS, MBA, Tampa, Florida, Van Crisco, MD, FACC, FSCAI, First Coast Heart and Vascular Center, Jacksonville, Florida

    A 46-year-old female presented with a non-healing wound on the right foot. Duplex ultrasound suggested an occluded distal right superficial femoral artery (SFA). Single leg right lower extremity arteriogram runoff revealed the 100% occlusion in the distal right SFA before Hunter’s canal (Figure 1), mild atherosclerotic disease in the right profunda femours, and 3-vessel runoff to the right foot.

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    Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   380 reads

    Cath Lab Digest talks with: Vinod H. Thourani, MD, Professor of Surgery, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory Hospital Midtown, Co-Director, Structural Heart and Valve Center, Emory University School of Medicine; and Vasilis C. Babaliaros, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Director, Emory Structural Heart & Valve Center, Emory Healthcare, Co-Director, Adult Congenital Heart Intervention, Emory Adult Congenital Heart Center, Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, Georgia

    Alan Cribier, in Europe, has been doing a minimalist approach long before us, so the idea came from him. Dr. Babaliaros had trained with Dr. Cribier in 2004. We decided to try some of the things in the U.S. that Dr. Cribier is doing in France, which is basically what we call the minimalist approach (a name which doesn’t actually reflect the complexities of this type of procedure).

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    Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   548 reads

    Jeff Chambers, MD, Medical Director, Nancy Hintz, RN, BSN, CCRN, Cath Lab Manager, Samantha Ratka, CVT, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

    Mercy Hospital has five total cath laboratories. Two rooms are dedicated to electrophysiology, one room is predominately for peripheral intervention, and the other two rooms are dedicated for coronary procedures.

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    Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   466 reads

    John Carroll, CEO, Cardiac Partners, Tucson, Arizona

    Raise your hand if your hospital is required to do more with less. Every facility feels the pressure to improve clinical outcomes, increase efficiency and reduce costs. The healthcare industry now appreciates the importance data plays in creating real change. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. Room utilization is a good example.

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    Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   492 reads

    Kristin Truesdell, Decision Support Specialist, Corazon, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Kristin is a Decision Support Specialist with Corazon, Inc., offering a full continuum of services for the heart, vascular, neuro, and orthopedic specialties, with consulting, recruitment, interim management, and software solutions for hospitals n

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    Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   462 reads

    Morton Kern, MD

    “I just put two drug-eluting stents into a native vessel and a distal graft anastomosis in a patient who is already on clopidogrel AND who has an aspirin allergy that cannot be touched or addressed. What additional drug, if any, would you give him, assuming that my stenting technique, short of IVUS [intravascular ultrasound], was okay?”

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    Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   424 reads

    Richard E. Kidd, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, RN III Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and MUSC College of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner candidate, The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

    Performing RHCs via the antecubital vein is a prudent risk-mitigating and patient comfort strategy, particularly for patients receiving anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy. This paper examines the purpose of RHCs, reviews the experts’ consensus on performing RHCs on anticoagulated patients, and reports the method currently being used to perform RHC from the antecubital vein.


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    Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   608 reads