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  • December, 2006
    Volume 14
    Issue 12

    Patricia Bailey, RN, BSN, Cardiac Cath/EP Lab Manager, Huntsville, Alabama

    What type of procedures are performed at your facility?

    A variety of procedures are performed on approximately 125 adult patients per week. Procedures include angioplasty, stenting, AngioJet® thrombectomy (Possis Medical, Inc., Minneapolis, MN) and Export Aspiration Catheter (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN), iLab Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) (Boston Scientific, Maple Grove, MN), FilterWire (Boston Scientific, Natick, MA), PolarCath (CryoVascular Systems, Inc./Boston Scientific), SmartWire Pressure System (Volcano Therapeutics, Inc., Rancho Cordova, CA), directional coronary atherecto

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   15,937 reads

    SICP Chapter News As usual, the cath lab professionals in the Gulf Coast Region continue to make my dream come true. In 2003, we organized the Gulf Coast Chapter with a vision of providing a venue for cath lab staff to network and receive educational credits. Staff around the area supported the chapter by joining the SICP, attending meetings, and getting involved. Our meetings average 60 attendees. Industry representatives supported us by helping fund meetings and providing speakers. Without their support, we would not be successful. We now have our meetings scheduled a year in advance

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   4,205 reads

    Ramon Quesada, MD, Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology at Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Miami, Florida and ISET Course Director

    To be fair, pediatric interventional cardiologists began paving the way in the 1990s with endovascular repair of congenital heart defects, but the field is expanding to include adult patients. Interestingly, some adults who have had surgical repair of their congenital heart defects as infants or children repair that often can now be done percutaneously are now in need of revision, which in some cases can be done endovascularly.

    Structural heart disease itself is a bit of an ambiguous umbrella term for any condition related to the heart and major arteries, rather than the smaller blood ves

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   12,594 reads

    Answer: Unfortunately, no. Here is the reason why it probably cannot be done. RT to RPA is comparable to RN to MSN. Like the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Nurse Practitioner (NP), the Radiologic Physician Assistant is considered to be an RT advanced practitioner. Radiologic Technology is a profession related to completing a specific educational program. An RT is certified by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) after completing an accredited educational program, and passing a certification exam. This gives the practitioner the right to use the title Registered

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   3,373 reads

    Cath Lab Digest talks with J. Tift Mann III, MD, FACC, Wake Heart and Vascular Associates, Raleigh, North Carolina, about his experience with transradial access and a new simulator to enhance the skills of novel transradial operators.

    The most important thing has been the consistent reports of the positive benefits for patients undergoing transradial procedures. Interventional tools are getting smaller, and virtually all of the procedures interventionalists perform can now be done transradially. Previously the need for smaller catheters was a limitation to the technique; the radial artery is obviously smaller than the femoral artery. But now there really are no technical disadvantages when you go to transradial access.

    Another important development is that the honeymoon period for femoral closure devices is now over. P

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   7,189 reads

    Kenneth A. Gorski, RN, RCIS, FSICP, Assistant Manager, Sones Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; Chairman, Professional Standards Committee, The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals

    All of us who have chosen to work in cardiac catheterization and EP laboratories come from a variety of backgrounds: nursing, cardiovascular technology, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, emergency medical technology, and others. We comprise a group of allied health professionals, which generically can be termed invasive cardiovascular professionals. We are committed to administer the highest quality patient care by working as a cohesive team with physicians and each other. The quote above from Gutzon Borglum the artist, sculptor, and engineer who created the Mount Rushmore National M

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   5,702 reads

    By Timothy P. Grady, DO, FACC

    Can you describe the TC-WYRE study?

    The TC-WYRE (TAXUS® Stent-Cypher® Stent What's Your Real World Experience) study is a large, retrospective clinical evaluation of one-year outcomes among 1,558 patients who received either a TAXUS Stent or Cypher Stent at 19 centers throughout the United States. TC-WYRE is a real-world study of drug-eluting stents (DES). In other words, it evaluated the real, complex, diverse patient population we treat every day in our cath labs. The primary endpoint of the study was target vessel revascularization (TVR) at one year. This study is sponsored by B

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   2,509 reads

    The ACC and AHA Launch National Alliance To Reduce Door-to-Balloon (D2B) Times

    The American College of Cardiology (ACC), together with the American Heart Association (AHA) and other key national healthcare organizations, announced the launch of its latest quality campaign, Door to Balloon (D2B): An Alliance for Quality. A Guidelines Applied in Practice (GAP) Program, the D2B campaign is aimed at improving the timeliness of lifesaving therapy for patients with heart attacks at U.S. hospitals that perform emergency angioplasty.

    Previously published guidelines developed by the ACC

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   7,233 reads