Letter from the Editor

CLD: Author-driven contentOpen planning on our part means you can be in the driver's seat.

How does Cath Lab Digest choose its topics each month? Well, we have a mix of planned articles and unplanned submissions from your fellow professionals in the trenches. One good example of an unplanned but most-welcome article this month is Clipping Versus Shaving: Who Wins in the End? by Dave Droll, RT(R)(T)(CV), RCIS, of Tomball, Texas. It’s a wonderful and practical look at something that goes on in every cath lab, every day, with every patient. This thorough examination of an immediately relevant and useful topic is something CLD prides itself upon. And yet, admittedly, we had little or nothing to do with the generation of this article, other than author Dave Droll’s knowledge that CLD is a most inviting forum for his work. (This article also received double-blind peer review by the hardworking CLD editorial board). I bring up this story because I want to encourage the would-be writer in you, who’s perhaps just slightly reluctant or unsure, to come out and put pen to paper (or finger(s) to keyboard, as is more likely). All readers benefit when their colleagues and peers decide to share their facility’s successful single-center study or QI project, for example, or perhaps their own discoveries in researching a particular topic. And as with Dave’s article, often you know better than we do just what would be most interesting and applicable for CLD readers. In addition to our groin preparation focus this month, CLD takes a look at a recent peripheral vascular center conference which focused on changes in technology and clincian skill sets. Peripheral vascular procedures, as we’ve all been noticing, are growing in volume nationwide. The most appropriate care for these patients arises from a multidisciplinary perspective, and this month’s New Vascular Interventional Center conference summary, from Las Vegas-based John Goodman & Associates, discusses the total interventional facility approach as the method by which many facilities are adapting to these changes. Precepting is another important focus for most cath labs, and the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) has brought readers a close look at this mentoring role, as well as some helpful guidelines, written by Martine Kinman, a clincial educator from Indianapolis, Indiana. As always, there is more to come. Enjoy!