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  • December, 2006
    Volume 14
    Issue 12

    Doug Langager, RCIS, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Virginia

    Webster’s Dictionary defines orientation as familiarization with and adaptation to a situation or environment.

    Over the past 20 years, I have been involved in training cath lab techs and nurses in some capacity or another. Throughout my total 30 years of cardiac catheterization experience, I have found one of the greatest deficiencies across labs to be the variation and disjointedness of the new hires orientation process. The orientation models currently in use typically leave new hires feeling overwhelmed. Many labs have adopted a sink-or-swim orientation process where definitive, dida

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   35,345 reads

    ChloraPrep® Extends Product Line with New Hi-Lite Orange Tint

    Medi-Flex announced an extension of its Chlora Prep® patient preoperative skin preparation line with the addition of new Hi-Lite Orange tinted applicators. The tint gives the surgical team assurance that the site has been prepped, while still allowing visualization of the skin.

    The new ChloraPrep tint is available in three applicator sizes: 3 mL, 10.5 mL, and 26 mL. Medical professionals can request free samples by calling 800-523-0502.

    ChloraPrep®, including the new tinted product, is a one-step patient preop

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   1,924 reads

    Morton Kern, MD, Clinical Editor, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief Cardiology, University of California Irvine,
    Orange, California

    The year has also provided us with more information about how best to manage myocardial infarction beyond door-to-balloon time both directly and through improved pharmacology. The prevention of renal dysfunction during interventional studies remains of high interest in our field.

    Let's start with the downside of DES. To reiterate, the biggest advance in the invasive treatment of coronary artery disease in the last decade is the drug-eluting stent. DES lowered the stent-related restenosis rate and remains highly effective for treating a variety of complex lesions. However, the downside o

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   2,628 reads

    Questions are answered by:
    Jason Wilson, RCIS
    Ellis Hospital Clinical Instructor
    Schenectady, New York

    GFR is glomerular filtration rate. This should be very important to you and the staff taking care of the patient. GFR is better than creatinine and BUN for measuring kidney disease. Creatinines can be at high levels, but it can still be within normal limits for that patient because creatinines also measure muscle metabolism. Your more muscular patients, therefore, will have a higher level, which is normal for them.

    GFR was originally measured by injecting inulin. Inulin is not reabsorbed by the kidneys, so it is excreated and can be measured accurately. GFR is measured in milliliters/min

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   1,687 reads

    Just a note to compliment Dr. Morton Kern on his recent Editor's Corner in Cath Lab Digest (The Scope of Practice in the Cath Lab: Are there limits as to what cath lab staff should do?, October 2006). I have worked in the cath lab at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier since it opened in February of 1977.

    Dr. Kern's article was one of the most complete and carefully thought out breakdowns of duties in the cath lab I have seen. It truly is about taking responsibility in our areas of expertise, through education and experience, sharing that with our co-workers and providi

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    Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December, 2006   |   1,799 reads