July 2015

Volume 23 Issue 7

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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We present herein, a rare case of radial artery PSA following TR access for percutaneous coronary intervention treated successfully with external compression dressing.
Having gone through our first ACE accreditation in 2011, we knew we could rely on ACE external reviewers to provide recommendations on areas where we could improve the quality of care in the cath lab. We also knew to expect feedback on what we are do…
As a legal nurse consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some cases involving post procedure cath lab deaths resulting from groin complications.  Reviewing cases from a legal standpoint, I’ve noted some disturbing trends and gaps in procedure…
Baystate received the American Heart Association’s Mission:Lifeline Silver Plus award this year for quality outcomes in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients.
From 2013-2015, we improved the efficiency of the cath labs dramatically, reducing turnover times by 50% and increasing utilization rates by 7%, up to 94%.
The smaller the number of your staff, the more critical adequate staffing becomes. Your need for call coverage makes advance planning all the more important.  
This month, Dr. George Adams shares his experience and his personal interpretations of CLI hemodynamics in his daily practice.
Prompt recognition and treatment will often allow completion of the procedure without the need to abandon the access site. 
“We have been referred a patient with a recurrent VSD [ventricular septal defect] after surgical closure in the remote past.  She has a history of anaphylaxis despite proper premedication for contrast media allergy during her recent cath. Assuming sh…