November 2010

Volume 18 Issue 11

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
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Tell us about your hospital and why you needed a modular lab. Tony: West Virginia University Hospitals-East is part of a four-hospital system, West Virginia United Health System. We are in what is called the “eastern panhandle” of the state. Our coun…
Growth trends over the past decade reveal that many hospitals across the United States have expanded upon their existing services — whether from a diagnostic cardiac center to offering therapeutic cardiac catheterizations or PCI; from general vascula…
The acute inferior infarct has certain characteristics that separate it from other infarcts. It is fair to say that no two acute infarcts are the same. Each acute infarct is unique in its own way. Several variables determine each infarction and aff…
Lehigh Valley Hospital ranked first in 2008 and second in 2010 in lowest mortality for heart attack care in the U.S., according to U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “Hospital Compare” data ( The hospital, wi…
Combining grayscale intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) with near-infrared (NIR) lipid core plaque detection technology, the LipiScan IVUS system (InfraReDx, Burlington, Mass.) utilizes the same set-up and workflow of current IVUS systems. But, in additi…
Can you tell us about your cath lab?
Is the development of hybrid labs a meaningful trend? Patient need will drive both suite implementation and long-term success. If minimally invasive therapies that combine aspects of cardiovascular surgery, interventional cardiology and most importa…
A Q&A column for cath labs with physicians performing radial access Failure to access the radial artery is the most common cause of failure for transradial catheterization. There are two general approaches to access: 1) The true Seldinger techni…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? Saint Vincent Healthcare, employing approximately 2,300 employees, is a 300-bed faith-based facility, one of twelve hospitals in the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health…