Editorial Staff

  • Clinical Editor:

    Morton Kern, MD
  • Executive Editor:

    Laurie Gustafson
  • Managing Editor:

    Rebecca Kapur
  • Production Manager:

    Elizabeth Vasil
  • Editorial Correspondence

  • Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
  • HMP Communications, 83 General Warren Blvd

    Suite 100, Malvern PA 19355
  • Telephone: (800) 459-8657

    Fax: (866) 896-8762
  • Email: rkapur@hmpcommunications.com
  • September, 2004
    |
    Volume 12
    Issue 9

    Brenda Neuman, Manager of CRMC Cath Lab, RT(R), Rose Marie McCafferty,
    RN, BSN, CEN, Director of IVH and ICC

    What type of procedures are performed at your facility?

    At Charlotte Regional Medical Center, we perform diagnostic and interventional procedures, including EP studies, tilt table studies, cardioversions, ablations, automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) and pacer implants, PTCA, stents, Rotoblator® (Boston Scientific Corporation, Maple Grove, MN), intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), brachytherapy, FilterWire (Boston Scientific), AngioJet® (Possis Medical, Inc., Minneapolis, MN) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Our lab performs an estimated 3,000 cases per year w

    continue reading
    Volume 12 - Issue 9 - September, 2004   |   4,539 reads

    Gina Preston, MHR, RD

    Shore Memorial is the only local hospital offering a clinical affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Through this affiliation, cardiologists from PENN Cardiac Care at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center-Presbyterian provide diagnostic catheterization services on-site in Shore Memorial’s recently opened CardioVascular Institute (CVI).

    The CVI is located on the hospital’s second floor. An $8.5 million Institute, it includes some of the most advanced technology available and a team of nurses, technologists, cardiologists, radiologists and vascular surgeons se

    continue reading
    Volume 12 - Issue 9 - September, 2004   |   4,203 reads

    1David E. Allie, MD with 2Chris J. Herbert, RT, RCIS, and 2Craig M. Walker, MD

    When endovascular techniques came about almost two decades ago, I was just finishing my training, and I knew I wanted to be involved, so I went to the cath lab. I still spend a great deal of time there, and have for more than 15 years. There is a soft spot in my heart for the cath lab professional. Surgeons know how important it is to have a good surgical tech, and when I went into the cath lab, I wasn’t trained only by cardiologists, but by several very good and seasoned cath lab technologists, including Chris Hebert and Gary Chaisson, who have over 40 years of experience combined. They act

    continue reading
    Volume 12 - Issue 9 - September, 2004   |   11,031 reads

    David E. Allie, MD, Chris J. Hebert, RT, RCIS and Craig M. Walker, MD

    We designed the staple with a surgeon’s mentality, and chose titanium as the metal. Titanium is a very cheap, very inert metal that actually is what surgeons will implant most of the time with heart valves and with hip replacements. The staple is a very small, low-profile 3-mm staple. Figure 2 is really 3 millimeters, and portion A is designed to sit above the artery. The B portion is designed to actually implant into the outer walls of the vessel, avoiding the lumen of the vessel. This VCD is totally extraluminal in its action, which is one of its major advantages.

    Closing the Vesse

    continue reading
    Volume 12 - Issue 9 - September, 2004   |   9,076 reads

    Alan W. Heldman, MD

    Dr. Heldman was the first to demonstrate effective reduction of coronary restenosis in an animal model with a prototype drug eluting stent. His clinical interests include the treatment and prevention of coronary restenosis; complex coronary interventions, coronary stenting, diseases of the aorta and peripheral vascular disease. His research interests include coronary stent design; coronary local drug delivery for treatment and prevention of restenosis; cardiovascular gene therapy; stem cell myogenesis; and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Dr. Heldman has published extensively in s

    continue reading
    Volume 12 - Issue 9 - September, 2004   |   7,469 reads

    Jill Price, RN

    One of the new National Patient Safety Goals per the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Standards is verifying the correct patient, procedure, and procedure site when performing an invasive procedure. With extensive research of this standard, we discovered that not only is the standard required within an operating suite, but also a cardiovascular and/or catheterization suite, and any other department where a patient under goes an invasive procedure. While preparing for our most recent survey (June 2004) by the Joint Commission, the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospi

    continue reading
    Volume 12 - Issue 9 - September, 2004   |   4,477 reads

    Joe Glowacki, RN, MSN, NP, RCIS

    Four years ago, a group of cardiovascular nurses and technicians from St. Luke’s Medical Center Milwaukee came together to discuss the value of continuing education, the difficulty and expense of obtaining CEUs, and the benefits and limitations of national meetings. This group of professionals began to create a list detailing what they believed would constitute the ideal meeting. The group decided the ideal meeting would be interactive and hands-on. The hands-on sessions would be proctored by experts that would explain the limitations of technology while identifying the pearls learned from y

    continue reading
    Volume 12 - Issue 9 - September, 2004   |   3,885 reads