February 2017

Volume 25 Issue 2

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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Congratulations to Peter Fountain, RCIS, Supervisor, Cath Lab, Summit Healthcare Hospital, Show Low, Arizona, who recently obtained his RCIS certification. Peter’s team also wants to wish him a very happy birthday. - Sent in by Luis Sobarzo
Every cardiac cath lab around the world is staffed with hardworking men and women of various backgrounds, experiences, education, and work ethics. Every lab strives to be its best at all times. Each team member has the opportunity (or should have) to…
During the last 3 quarters of 2016, our average D2B time was 57 minutes. We maintain a standard below 60 minutes. We have a protocol for each department involved with STEMIs and our goal is to have the patient on the table and ready for vascular acce…
I would love to see CLI Centers of Excellence across the world where there is multidisciplinary, efficient, and effective treatment of patients with CLI. This program would need to encompass multiple specialties, reside in a common physical space, of…
In this month’s article, we call on our colleagues at MedAxiom to share their findings from the 2016 Cath Lab Survey.  The survey results demonstrate some very compelling findings that correlate closely to the observations seen in assessments conduct…
Bedside ultrasound revealed a long 0.5 x 0.5 x 7.0 cm pulsatile radial artery pseudoaneurysm. Treatment with ultrasound-guided compression for over one hour was unsuccessful.
The current case report demonstrated that the FlowTriever System provided an effective means of removing emboli and reversing compromised hemodynamics without any complication in a submassive PE patient.
The Aspire Mechanical Thrombectomy Kit serves as a distal protection device for the tibial vessels when we do atherectomy. I use a blood pressure cuff to occlude the tibial vessels, then the Aspire system to remove any emboli from my interventions.
This approach seems easy and effective in theory; however, the burden lies with the hospitals. Forming these collective relationships can play a pivotal role in cost reduction and payment distribution.
Considered the gold standard of wage surveys for the industry, the 2016-2017 Cath Lab, EP, and IR Wage Survey was designed to provide comprehensive insight into the salaries and wages of employees in that sector.