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July 2008

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Volume 16 Issue 7
Ziyad M. Hijazi, MD, MPH, FSCAI, FACC, FAAP, has been installed as the 31st President of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). A pioneer in the nonsurgical repair of congenital heart defects, Dr. Hijazi is an interventi…
The use of radio frequency identification devices appears to have the potential to cause critical care medical equipment to malfunction, according to a study in the June 25 issue of JAMA. “Applications of autoidentification technologies such as rad…
The Joint Commission today announced the 2009 update of the National Patient Safety Goals and related requirements for accredited laboratories. The National Patient Safety Goals promote specific improvements in patient safety by providing health care…
Nearly one in five patients experiences chest pain one year after having a heart attack, according to a report in the June 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The prevalence and treatment of chest pain one…
Lead Aprons Does anyone have a policy in relation to lead aprons? Including: • An allowance for wearing a lead apron? • Regular breaks allocated? • Employers providing private massage treatment to relieve the tension of wearing the lead apron for…
A cardiologist from North Carolina wrote a query that said, “One of my colleagues had a patient with a stroke following a left ventriculogram. What happened afterwards was described as a Chinese fire drill with lots of people running around, but not…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? Borgess Medical Center’s cardiac catheterization laboratory in Kalamazoo, Michigan consists of 6 labs, 4 single-plane digital labs, 1 dual cardiac/peripheral lab, 1 bi-plane e…
The Illinois Chapter of Society of the Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals held our meeting June 4, 2008 at Wildfire Restaurant, Schaumburg, IL. The topic of discussion was “CV Pathways: Best Practices for Better Outcomes,” presented by Parag Patel…
In February of 2006, Ms. Post’s department implemented Owens & Minor’s Clinical Supply Solutions (CSS), an inventory, order, contract, utilization management and revenue enhancement service enabled by a proprietary web-based technology platform.…
A short door-to-balloon time (D2B) ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) intervention has two major components that must be well understood to achieve the desired benefits of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). These components inc…