May 2015

Volume 23 Issue 5

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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Adopting a dyad structure to manage their cardiovascular service line may be the best option for providers, especially for the high-cost cardiac cath lab.
We have 4 rooms, including 1 electrophysiology (EP) lab and 2 catheterization labs utilizing GE Innova imaging, and 1 hybrid lab utilizing Philips imaging.
As catheterization procedural volumes increase and the population ages, Corazon believes that preparation in the cath lab for an increased frequency of stroke is warranted.
The recently introduced Prodigy support catheter (Radius Medical) can be utilized both with complex percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) as well as in chronic total occlusion (CTO) cases.
Gus Pichard, Washington Heart Center, asks, “Mort, who among the radialists has stopped shaving the groin?
The CFA is an important site for vascular access as well as an important site for bypass surgical procedures; therefore, typically, stenting is not considered an ideal treatment, although several reports have shown excellent stent patency.
Without a doubt, the ICD-10-PCS transition will create a myriad of challenges for coding within the cath lab and throughout the healthcare industry.
The 2015 Educational Guidelines for Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Personnel in the Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory standards are intended to provide a framework for invasive cardiovascular programs as they develop or refine their curri…
Sounds pretty easy, right? In reality, it is a very difficult task to find and train inexperienced staff to work in the cardiac cath lab.  
iFR assesses whether a stenosis is causing a limitation of blood flow in coronary arteries with subsequent ischemia without the requirement of running adenosine.