July 2012

Volume 20 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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Along with Kawkab Shishani, PhD, Drs Froelicher and Madan published an article in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing1 based on their experience caring for patients with coronary artery disease. We talk with them about the psychosocial concerns tha…
Cath Lab Digest talks with Henry E. Wang, MD, MS, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.The only Level 1 trauma center in Alabama, the 908-bed Unive…
Bayer Launches JETSTREAM Navitus L Atherectomy CatheterBayer HealthCare has introduced the JETSTREAM Navitus L Atherectomy Catheter. Positioned as the largest diameter rotational atherectomy device in the JETSTREAM catheter family, the Navitus L cath…
Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals, CCI Needs Your Input on the RCIS Validation SurveyCCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International) is requesting your assistance to help plan the future of the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS…
In early November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first transcatheter valve for the treatment of inoperable aortic stenosis, the Sapien valve (Edwards Lifesciences). Clearly, this is one of the most exciting advances in interventi…
In January of 2012, Springboard HealthCare conducted an inaugural industry survey to benchmark cath lab performance in areas of revenue, expenses, facility outlook and company culture. The purpose of the survey was to establish an index to detail ind…
Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States.  The risk factors for stroke are strikingly similar to those for coronary disease, so patients undergoing cardiac interventions for coronary disease…
Studies have shown that patients often experience anxiety before catheterization, and treating or reducing that anxiety is an important part of ensuring a safe procedure. Numerous research studies have evaluated potential methods of decreasing the pa…
I am an RT, and on a recent Joint Commission survey, they mentioned that we need to do the Aldrete Score. What is that, and how does it pertain to me?    — RCIS Review Facebook Page 
I used to hold the opinion that adequate vessel sizing could by accomplished through cardiac angiogram visualization alone. That opinion changed once our facility started using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) on a regular basis.