September 2014

Volume 22 Issue 9

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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UPMC East is the first to go through a special application and review process for ACE accreditation after a decision made in January 2014 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The decision stated that Pennsylvania cardiac catheterization laboratories…
The cath lab department was going through some challenges. Revenues and productivity were deceasing. Overtime costs were increasing, and staff morale was very poor. Most important was that the patient satisfaction had dropped significantly. The BNH C…
Despite high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with early revascularization, no significant improvement in the rates of cardiogenic shock post-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been seen.
There are two versions available: a standalone checklist for use in the catheter laboratory starting immediately pre-procedure, and an integrated checklist, which covers patient preparation on the ward areas as well as the procedural phase. The integ…
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a very rare cause of acute coronary syndromes in young, otherwise healthy patients, with a striking predilection for the female gender.
Certification, especially within the cardiac cath lab, has become a hot topic in the industry. Certification requirements can range from basic life support (BLS) to advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS). Specific state nursing board and radiolo…
The expanded PVI Registry continues to include both endovascular and open surgical carotid revascularization, adding lower extremity endovascular revascularization procedures. The registry captures patient demographics...
A 35-year-old premenopausal female with no coronary risk factors presented with sudden chest pain and a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) revealed acute anterior ST-elevation MI (Figure 1).
Aside from ensuring vendors are properly credentialed during hospital and cath lab visits, there was no easy path for lab administrators, hospital personnel, and the multitude of reps representing their products to verify or get approval for cases, i…
Ultrasound-assisted, catheter-directed, low-dose thrombolysis, facilitated by the EkoSonic Endovascular System (EKOS Corporation) has emerged as a much safer, faster, and more efficacious treatment for acute massive and submassive PE than systemic th…