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  • October, 2002
    Volume 10
    Issue 10

    Cary Lunsford, RCIS, La Habra, California

    I was assisting Dr. Kang W. Lee at our hospital with a diagnostic coronary angiogram on a patient with whom I was familiar. The patient was Dr. Julius Gray, a very popular OB/GYN that has delivered countless babies in the southern California area for the last thirty-odd years. Dr. Gray is in excellent condition, as well as being very active. He hikes, golfs, and has an extremely successful practice. The reason for his angiogram was for some discomfort in his chest, which he described as tight and pressure-like in character. The attacks usually occurred upon exertion and sometimes even at rest

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   4,502 reads

    Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin Preferable Anticoagulation Therapy For Procedure To Re-Establish Heart Rhythm

    Using the low-molecular-weight heparin drug enoxaparin (Clexane®/Lovenox®) to prevent blood coagulation while performing cardioversion of atrial fibrillation to re-establish a normal heart rhythm is preferred to conventional antithrombotic drugs. Enoxaparin is more reliable and easier to use while performing effectively and safely, according to the multicenter Anticoagulation in Cardioversion Using Enoxaparin (ACE) trial data presented at the European Society of Cardiology (E

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   6,758 reads

    Denise McCutchan, RN, Fort Collins, Colorado

    At HCOR, we perform diagnostic and some therapeutic procedures, including: Cardiac and peripheral angiography;

    Dobutamine stress-echo (DSE);

    Transesophageal echo (TEE); and


    The lab itself is physically connected to the Heart and Vascular Clinic and is located about three miles from Poudre Valley Hospital. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. We are currently doing about 60-75 diagnostic cath and peripheral cases/month, and 15 procedures/month.

    Cath Lab Daily Operations

    The HCOR has

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   10,311 reads

    In the June 2002 issue of Cath Lab Digest, there was a table outlining the states and who cross-trains where according to your Email Discussion Group. In Oregon, you stated that only RNs give drugs. Is there a precedence that anyone knows of? I work in a large cath lab (4000 procedures annually) where the RTs give all the IV narcotics and drugs, and the RNs scrub. I’ve been in touch with both respective boards in the state and neither knows if this is right or wrong. I’ve always wondered how RTs could give IV narcotics, but this is how we’ve always done it. Any help you can give w

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   1,482 reads

    Carol Mackes, RN, Fort Collins, Colorado

    We agreed, as we were both part time, and thought the extra cash would be nice. I had expertise with the equipment side, including networked systems and the cath database. Denise knew the supplies and purchasing side inside out. Between the two of us, there was over 20 years of cath lab experience. After working on this project for a couple of months, we began taking ownership, and the thought of turning it over to someone else was not very appetizing. After much discussion, we put together a proposal to job-share the position. Our first proposal was turned down flat, with the reason given tha

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   5,856 reads