Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006

Letter to the Editor

Just a note to compliment Dr. Morton Kern on his recent Editor's Corner in Cath Lab Digest (The Scope of Practice in the Cath Lab: Are there limits as to what cath lab staff should do?, October 2006). I have worked in the cath lab at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier since it opened in February of 1977.

Dr. Kern's article was one of the most complete and carefully thought out breakdowns of duties in the cath lab I have seen. It truly is about taking responsibility in our areas of expertise, through education and experience, sharing that with our co-workers and providi

December 2006 Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) News

SICP Chapter News
As usual, the cath lab professionals in the Gulf Coast Region continue to make my dream come true. In 2003, we organized the Gulf Coast Chapter with a vision of providing a venue for cath lab staff to network and receive educational credits. Staff around the area supported the chapter by joining the SICP, attending meetings, and getting involved. Our meetings average 60 attendees. Industry representatives supported us by helping fund meetings and providing speakers. Without their support, we would not be successful. We now have our meetings scheduled a year in advance


Answer: Unfortunately, no. Here is the reason why it probably cannot be done. RT to RPA is comparable to RN to MSN. Like the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Nurse Practitioner (NP), the Radiologic Physician Assistant is considered to be an RT advanced practitioner. Radiologic Technology is a profession related to completing a specific educational program. An RT is certified by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) after completing an accredited educational program, and passing a certification exam. This gives the practitioner the right to use the title Registered