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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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October 2012

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Joseph P. Carrozza Jr., MD, Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Tufts University Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts"While operating the robotic-assisted system, the interventional cardiologist can elect to wear a protective apron under a st…
I began in the operating room back in 1983 as a surgical technologist. After working as surgical technologist for about seven years, I went back to school and became a registered nurse (RN). After a few more years, I went to school again and became a…
In the last month, we had three ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients who presented acutely ill with particularly difficult clinical problems. Each of these patients required urgent coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary interve…
This is an interesting and exciting time in healthcare — the industry is abuzz with new ideas, changing regulations, and innovative strategies leading to a transformation in how care is provided in this country. The paradigm shift that healthcare is…
Abstract: Background. Previous research found at least one vascular closure device (VCD) to be associated with excess vascular complications, compared to manual compression (MC) controls, following cardiac catheterization. Since that time, several mo…
I have trained many cath lab staff across the nation during my career. One of my duties has been to train cath lab and intensive care unit (ICU) staff members how to correctly pull a sheath. I have found people often have different views on how to pu…
A 66-year-old Hispanic man with a past medical history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and history of previous percutaneous interventions to his left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery, as well as right coronary artery (RCA)…
The patient is a 78-year-old gentleman with a history of hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), remote tobacco use, and laminectomy. He complained of shortness of breath on exertion. He underwent a pharmacologic stress test (Lexi…
Summa Health System, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Summa serves more than one million patients each year in comprehensive acute, critical, emergency, outpatient and long-term/home-…