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  • October, 2002
    Volume 10
    Issue 10

    Cary Lunsford, RCIS, La Habra, California

    I was assisting Dr. Kang W. Lee at our hospital with a diagnostic coronary angiogram on a patient with whom I was familiar. The patient was Dr. Julius Gray, a very popular OB/GYN that has delivered countless babies in the southern California area for the last thirty-odd years. Dr. Gray is in excellent condition, as well as being very active. He hikes, golfs, and has an extremely successful practice. The reason for his angiogram was for some discomfort in his chest, which he described as tight and pressure-like in character. The attacks usually occurred upon exertion and sometimes even at rest

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   3,624 reads

    Denise McCutchan, RN, Fort Collins, Colorado

    At HCOR, we perform diagnostic and some therapeutic procedures, including: Cardiac and peripheral angiography;

    Dobutamine stress-echo (DSE);

    Transesophageal echo (TEE); and


    The lab itself is physically connected to the Heart and Vascular Clinic and is located about three miles from Poudre Valley Hospital. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. We are currently doing about 60-75 diagnostic cath and peripheral cases/month, and 15 procedures/month.

    Cath Lab Daily Operations

    The HCOR has

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   7,103 reads

    Once we brought our authors together for the October issue, we were happily surprised by how these two themes resounded throughout their work.

    Our authors this month share the results of their experiences after they took ownership of a problem and, utilizing their own ingenuity, filled a need in the cath lab. In our articles this month, this means managing your patients’ pain, addressing cardiovascular staff shortages with long-term thinking, and rearranging a management position to suit your own needs, while at the same time providing results of value to your facility.

    Marsha Holton,

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   1,251 reads

    Carolyn C. Weaver, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Consultant, John Goodman & Associates, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada

    There has been an overabundance of studies on the healthcare staff shortage and its causes. Current trends in staff shortages are shown in Figures 1 and 2.

    There are many other factors contributing to the cardiovascular staff shortage, including:

    Aging of the population;

    Aging of the workforce the average age of nurses is currently 44 years, with only 10% of the workforce under the age of 30;

    A competitive hiring environment (e.g., wages, benefits, hours, etc.);

    Increased opportunities outside of the hospital setting;

    Managed care influences;


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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   3,493 reads

    Marsha Holton, BS, CCRN, RCIS, FSICP
    Staff Educator, Cardiac Cath Lab, Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland

    Are you ready for a non-data driven lecture? I think it is important to take a look at the topic of pain management from a different perspective, and review how we take care of our patients. You do need the hard data; I am not downplaying its importance. You need to be able to understand that doctors make decisions with their patients’ best interests in mind, rather than basing these decisions on which vendors bring the best bagels. The point I am making is that pain management in the cath

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   4,763 reads