July 2011

Volume 19 Issue 7

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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Cardiovascular Credentialing International to Sunset On-the-Job Training as Qualification Pathway for Invasive Registry ExaminationEffective July 1, 2013, Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) will officially remove the RCIS1 Qualification…
Report from New Cardiovascular HorizonsSICP enjoyed a great group of folks at SICP’s Signature RCIS Review Course at NCVH in New Orleans, June 1-4, 2011.  Here are a few photos and reflections.  
Call for Vasc/Cardiac EmergenciesA reader asks: “Do you have more then one call team? If only one, what happens if you have a AMI while doing a vascular/IR case?”
Recent advances in the way we transmit important clinical educational materials now include email, “cloud” internet data repositories, iPhone and iPad instant access, and similar internet applications. Over the last 2 years, I and my colleagues have…
I had the honor of reviewing the latest offering from Dr. Morton Kern, a DVD entitled ”Cath Lab Essentials (Educational Video Series).” I must say that it is a very welcome addition to my educational collection that also includes Dr. Kern’s Cardiac C…
Chest pain is one of the most common symptoms for patients presenting to the emergency department (ED).1 In fact, in the United States, more than 6 million patients present to the ED annually with complaints of chest pain, which is suggestive of acut…
"I just received my new ACLS class materials, and I noticed that atropine is no longer used for cardiac arrest. How is that possible after it having been in the protocols for so many years?"  — Anonymous, via Facebook
At the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veteran Affairs Health Care System (LSCDVAHC), in Cleveland, Ohio, the staff of the cardiology section has engaged in a systematic education program focusing on veterans and their families. The goal is to e…
Currently, left main (LM) stenting is considered a IIB indication per the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines1, with surgery still considered the preferred method of revascularization for LM disease. However, improvem…