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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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January 2009

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Volume 17 Issue 1
Lack of Vitamin D Could Spell Heart Trouble Researchers issue recommendations to screen for and treat Vitamin D deficiency Vitamin D deficiency — traditionally associated with bone and muscle weakness — may also increase the risk of cardiovascular…
Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) Credentialing: An Important Letter Note: The SICP Advocacy Committee is distributing the following in letter format to each state’s Department of Public Health. If you’d like to request that a cop…
How much is enough conscious sedation (CS) for a cardiac catheterization procedure? Each lab likely has its own regimen. In our lab, most of our patients receive preprocedural oral valium (5mg) and Benadryl (25mg). In the lab, before the vascular acc…
I have worked as a traveling x-ray technologist for Cross Country TravCorps (Boca Raton, FL) since 1999. I have worked in Hawaii, California, Arizona, South Carolina, Nevada, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida. I have specialized in the cath la…
The movement of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) from the inpatient to outpatient case type has become somewhat of a hot topic in recent months. We work with many hospital clients across the United States to analyze and understand their spe…
“Recently, there was a code in our lab. The anesthesiologist that responded kept checking for pupillary reactions. The cardiologist told him, ‘Nevermind, the patient received atropine.’ Why?” — CIS Online Student, Tennessee That would be partly r…
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, every 30 seconds, an American dies of cardiovascular disease. The statistics for women are more staggering…
Results of Pinnacle TIF Tip Sheath Safety and Feasibility Pilot Study Introduction Vascular access management (VAM) and its complications (VAC) remain a significant source of clinical and therefore economic costs in the interventional treatment of…
Using Pathway PV Jetstream or Laser Atherectomy, and Localized Delivery of Abciximab via ClearWay Rx Catheter Part 4 in a 5-part series In recent years, peripheral vascular intervention has seen significant growth with the advent of innovative devi…
2010 Update: William Hamman claimed to be a physician, a claim that has since been proven false. A report from the upcoming February 2009 LUMEN meeting The STEMI process is comprised of three distinct processes — the pre-hospital EMS phase, the em…