Volume 12 - Issue 6 - June, 2004

Cath Lab Digest and ASOCC

I am honored to acknowledge all Cath Lab Digest Annual Symposium on Cardiovascular Care (ASOCC) attendees in Orlando, Florida, June 3-5. Thank you for attending ASOCC! The Cath Lab Digest Annual Symposium provides a chance to learn, network and ask questions of the experts our engaging, experienced faculty and your fellow professionals, who just may have the hands-on knowledge you’re looking for. ASOCC attendees also received a unique bumper sticker:

If you weren’t able to make it to ASOCC this year, I hope to see you in 2005!

This month, Cath Lab Digest serves up the latest in

The Ten-Minute Interview with...Todd Chitwood, RCIS, FSICP

I am a Navy-trained Cardiopulmonary Technologist with 18 years experience in the invasive cardiovascular field. I recently earned my fellowship with the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP). In 2002, I designed and developed the Oregon Cardiology Diagnostic Center, a physician-owned freestanding cardiac cath lab located in Eugene, Oregon. I am currently the manager of this facility.

Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field?

I attended the Navy's CPT (Cardiopulmonary Technologist) School in the mid-80's. I was fortunate to be trai

SICP Book Review: The Cardiac Catheterization Handbook, 4th Edition

Morton J. Kern, Editor.
Philadelphia, PA: Mosby, An Affiliate of Elsevier Science, 2003.
650 pages, with 496 illustrations.
Softcover $49.95

The Cardiac Catheterization Handbook, 4th Edition is designed as a resource for health care professionals who provide care in the arena of the cardiac catheterization laboratory. The topics are presented in a multi-disciplinary style, so health care providers from all disciplines will find it applicable. It is probably the first book that entry-level staff should purchase and read. The fo

Sentara School of Health Professions

*Betty Ashdown has since left her position at the Sentara School.

Why and how did you become an educator?

Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed teaching. When I started in the field of radiologic technology, I became interested in the instruction of fellow students. I continued to take advanced level courses and ended up in the North Carolina Baptist Hospital’s program for special diagnostic radiologic procedures. After three years, I moved to Virginia. I was fortunate enough to work in angiography at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and became an instructor

June 2004

Abbott Vascular Devices Launches Perclose® ProGlide Next Generation Suture-Mediated Vessel Closure System

Abbott Vascular Devices, a division of Abbott Laboratories, announced the launch of the next generation Perclose® suture-mediated vessel closure system, Perclose ProGlide, featuring polypropylene monofilament suture. The device received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the first quarter of 2004. Perclose closure devices are designed to close femoral artery puncture sites following diagnostic or interventional procedures.

With monofilament

CME Offering: The Impact of Sirolimus-Eluting Stents on Patients at High Risk for Restenosis with Bare Metal Stenting

This presentation contains discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Neither the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education nor Cordis Corporation recommends the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications and warnings.

Topics: The Impact of Sirolimus-Eluting Stents on Patients at High Risk for Restenosis with Bare Metal Stenting

Faculty/Credentials: Atul Sharma, MD and S.C

A Successful Suture-MediatedClosure Program: Turning YourLab Into a Profitable Entity

Purpose: To describe how the cardiac catheterization lab at Westchester Medical Center increased hospital revenues as a result of changing its groin management protocol.

Methods: In June 2000, Westchester Medical Center (WMC) implemented an arterial closure program. The primary endpoint of this program was to measure changes in the profitability of the cardiac catheterization lab (CCL) at WMC based upon implementation of a new groin management program. Profitability was measured by analysis of average Medicare reimbursement, average hospital cost for a catheterization proce