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Rebecca Kapur
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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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February 2010

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Volume 18 Issue 2
Congratulations! The Western Market of the Cleveland Clinic, Fairview and Lakewood Hospitals (Cleveland and Lakewood, Ohio), would like to acknowledge the following team members for their commitment to quality and education. We are pleased to announ…
Invatec Receives 510(k) Clearance of Reef HP™ PTA Balloon Catheter New High Pressure Catheter Specifically Designed for Treatment of Challenging Peripheral Lesions Invatec announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug…
New Question! Re: Bedrest and Discharge We are a new cath lab with our own pre/post holding area and are trying to figure out when to send our patients back to the telemetry unit after PCIs or home after diagnostic caths. Does anyone know if there a…
Organizations that experience success with a well-established, fully-functional cath lab often find that initial success quickly followed by questions about how to sustain it for the long term. Questions about program expansion are usually the first…
For those of us who have been working the cath lab circuit for several years, you may have noticed that we no longer operate in a cave. Some may liken this to “flying above the radar.” Whatever the metaphor, the cath lab, like all other departments,…
“HELP! I am new to the cath lab. When I took the ECG class that my hospital required, I was very confused about heart blocks and understanding which one is which. I have 5 people giving me their opinions about the best way to learn and memorize thes…
Patient History at Presentation A 59-year-old man was referred to California Pacific Medical Center for treatment of decompensated heart failure. The patient had a past history of ischemic cardiomyopathy, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)…
Dear Dr. Mehta, I enjoyed your STEMI article in the December Cath Lab Digest. I found the ten commandments to improve the STEMI process very interesting. I would like to ask you to elaborate on #7 - Make that critical second call to the nurse in the…
Tell us about Saint Thomas’ two separate cath lab facilities. We have an 8-room interventional cath lab located in the hospital between our emergency department and medical imaging, and a separate one-room outpatient diagnostic cath lab also in the h…
We changed the daily tour of duty for our cath lab team. Instead of 10-hour days with one shift to run 2 labs, we split overlapping 8-hour shifts. This brought up the question, “Exactly how many people (and what kind of training) should you have to d…