Volume 12 - Issue 9 - September, 2004

Single Operator Deployment of Vasoseal ES®: The Experience of Skaggs Community Health Center

Vascular sealing devices have made their way into most cath labs in North America. Technology and development in this arena continues to improve and expand the horizons of hemostasis management. Patient comfort, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness are just a few of the reasons for the development of these devices. Although the techniques and equipment used vary among the different devices, the goal is the same: rapid hemostasis.

The Skaggs Community Health Center cath lab opened in June of 1999. We are a one-unit diagnostic and interventional cath lab, with 2 RNs and 3 technologists, and



Cath Lab Digest Email Discussion Group

Question 1: Defibrillation by non-nursing staff?

How does your hospital policy on defibrillation address non-nursing personnel in the cath lab? Are your rad techs or resp therapists allowed to defibrillate if they are ACLS certified? Is that a department policy or covered under a hospital policy?

Question 2: Emergency cases after hours?

Other than an acute MIs, what are considered emergency cases after normal operating hours? Do you have specific criteria, and do your interventionalists follow them?

Group Members Respond to…

Question 1: Defibrillation by n



Drug-eluting Stent Solutions: Examining the Anti-Proliferative Drug Paclitaxel

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



Really, this Meeting is Different St.Luke's Medical Center's 4th Annual "Understanding Cardiovascular Disease"

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



Sea Change in Cardiovascular Information Management Predicted

What are the areas of change you see for the market?

As a company, Heartlab now has approximately 275 customers, which are principally in North America, although we are rapidly expanding into Asia and Europe. I bring this up because we have been hearing similar needs voiced by many of our customers. They want to take the information collected in the core diagnostic or interventional areas of the hospital, and make it available wherever physicians and technical staff happen to be. The trend now is to require delivery of high-quality documentation and high-quality images outside of the