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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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April 2010

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Volume 18 Issue 4
Endovascular Repair of Mitral Valve Alternative to Surgery In EVEREST II, the MitraClip Shows Superior Safety, Similar Effectiveness A catheter-mounted device that acts like a clothespin to clip together the flaps of a leaky heart valve is a safe an…
SICP Illinois Chapter Update The 4th Annual WI-SICP A very successful IVUS and FFR symposium was held Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the recently relocated Sherman Hospital in Elgin, IL. The symposium was sponsored by Sherman Hospital, Volcano Corpo…
Orlando Marrero is a graduate of Edison College in Fort Myers, Florida and is certified as a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist (RCIS). He was a student of Jeff Davis, RRT, RCIS, FSICP, BA, director of the cardiovascular technology program…
Traditionally, program development in hospitals has largely focused on growth in cardiac services, but it has become more evident that systemic vascular disease —cerebrovascular, carotid, aortic, and peripheral vascular — is a growing concern, though…
Cath Lab Digest talks with Barry R. Alter, MD, FACP, FACC*, Hollywood, Florida, about his experience with the pad. The Clo-SurPlus P.A.D. is manufactured by Scion Cardio-Vascular (www.scioncv.com). What are the advantages of pads over closure devic…
Todd is the Cardiology Manager for Memorial Hermann Southeast in Houston, Texas. He also teaches an online RCIS Review course for Spokane Community College, in Spokane, Washington, and regularly presents with RCIS Review Courses. While in a case wit…
We have 18 staff members, comprised of: • 1 nurse manager • 1 staff educator • 1 data specialist • 7 RNs [4 full-time (FT), 3 part-time] • 5 RTs (4 FT, 1 PRN) • 3 tech aides (TA) Our tech aides receive on-the-job training. They are able to scrub,…
Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is frequently discussed and emphasized in healthcare organizations. But what is “quality improvement”? How is it defined, implemented, and practiced in the cardiac cath lab? Ultimately, the purpose of continuous q…
“This is a CME program where tomorrow you can go back and make a change that affects a patient population.” — Josen Thomas, RN, MBA, Director of Cardiovascular Services, Palmetto General Hospital, Hialeah, FL
Before we start, here’s my summary of and disclaimer for fractional flow reserve (FFR) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). I like FFR and IVUS. I favor FFR for physiologic lesion assessment, since IVUS is not designed to assess physiology. I favor I…