Letter from the Editor

Call Pay and BumperStickers: Connected?

Attendees at the 2003 Cath Lab Digest Annual Symposium on Cardiovascular Care (ASOCC) had the opportunity to suggest bumper sticker ideas tailored to the cardiac cath professional. CLD asks you to vote for your favorite bumper sticker idea. The winning bumper sticker will be available starting with the 2004 June ASOCC meeting. Imagine driving down the freeway, spotting a cardiac cath professional, and passing by so you can wave hello. It’s a beautiful thing. Our CME/CEU activity this month addresses a crucial question is drug-elution more valuable than stent strut thickness? James Zidar brings together some intriguing data to consider as we look ahead to the mesmerizing vision of zero restenosis. Speaking of DES, Amy Ross of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital shares a lighthearted look at her cath lab’s first experience with the Cypher stent. We were also fortunate to catch hold of Dr. Brian Firth at Cordis, who shares a behind-the-scenes look at the Cypher launch. Education has played an extensive role in the launch, and Dr. Firth discusses Cordis’ efforts to provide free, comprehensive and practical reimbursement and coding education to hospitals and cath labs. Our Email Discussion Group attacks the question, What are other hospitals/labs doing post stent/angio regarding admission type, to I/P or OBS? If you enjoy reading this feature each month, I hope you’ll consider joining our group. Simply email cathlabdigest@hotmail.com. Enjoy! Knowledge is the one thing no one can ever take from you. Rebecca Yospyn Managing Editor cathlabdigest@aol.com