March 2015

Volume 23 Issue 3

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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The following case is part of a series of optical coherence tomography-focused cases supported by St. Jude Medical.
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An emphasis on consensus and partnership allows Intermountain Health Care to unite under treatment guidelines, establish protocols, and save money, all while providing quality patient care.
A 51-year-old white male presented to the cardiac cath lab with a recent, progressive history of shortness of breath, chest pain on exertion, and fatigue. 
Once the catheter engages the coronary ostium, there is very little difference between transradial angioplasty and transfemoral, save some catheter support issues and perhaps guide size. It is the route to the coronary that can often be more difficul…
In cases of poor or no flow into an aspiration syringe in spite of negative pressure applied, we advise maintaining a vacuum (negative pressure inside of the thrombectomy catheter), as premature discontinuation of suction can lead to thrombus dislodg…
Jeff Marshall: I have a question about who should scrub the groin or wrist before a cardiac cath or peripheral procedure. 
The ProVation system is really very user-friendly. It also does a very reasonable job of generating a billing report, which I use on every case and then give to my billing staff, which makes billing much easier.