This image was taken by Dr. Jason H Rogers, Assistant Clinical Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine; University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California.continue reading
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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 incontinue reading
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 procecontinue reading
It is now widely accepted that early sheath removal after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) reduces femoral access site complications and leads to earlier ambulation, possibly earlier discharge, and improved patient satisfaction. Heparin-based anticoagulation therapy requires monitoring of coagulation status to determine readiness for sheath removal, due to the unpredictable nature of heparin. In an effort to increase quality of care for his patients undergoing PCI, as well as reduce the cost of resources in the cath lab, Dr. Sameer Mehta developed a time-based sheath removal protocontinue reading
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.Ccontinue reading
Smaller, sleeker technologies in conjunction with increasingly sophisticated medical procedures have changed the face of cardiac catheterization labs.
In the above floor plans, which represent a health care provider both in the mid-1990’s and today, we can compare and contrast the way in which cardiac cath labs have changed over the past 10 years. While lab configuration has not changed radically, subtle differences in design can allow a lab to operate more efficiently.
Central to the design of modern cath labs is the shrinking of electronic econtinue reading
What is transvenous annuloplasty?
Transvenous annuloplasty, conceptually, is an alternative to conventional surgical annuloplasty. Currently, it is only an early development stage activity at multiple companies and centers; no products of this type have been permanently implanted in human subjects. Various approaches are being explored by Viacor and other investigators and companies. The objective is to substitute a percutaneous procedure for a surgical, bypass procedure in appropriate patients. The primary target for our device is ischemic mitral regurgitation.
Our device, thecontinue reading
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members?
We have five suites with a total of 44 staff members, including technical and nursing staff, support personnel, and students. We only have two credentials in our lab: ARRT-registered radiologic technologist and registered nurse. We have staff members with varied years of experience, ranging from 2 to 30.
What type of procedures are performed at your facility?
We perform diagnostic right and left heart catheterizations, percutaneous coronary interventions, pediatric diagnostic catheterizations, pedicontinue reading