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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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September 2008

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Volume 16 Issue 9
Multiple new and ongoing questions from readers. Your responses are welcome! Answer or pose a question at cathlabdigest@aol.com. Sheaths Left in Place When an arterial sheath is left in place for whatever reason, what is the accepted connection? Is…
In today’s economy, getting the most value from your cath lab, in terms of operational throughput, human capital, and patient and physician satisfaction, is crucial to survival in the increasingly competitive market for cardiovascular services. In th…
When I agreed to write this article, it seemed to me that I would be painting a large bull’s eye on my back. No matter how I approached this subject, it would be controversial. I accepted the task only because there are plenty of places to hide when…
I have lived in Utica, New York, Ashville, North Carolina, and Denver, Colorado, among other places, but I have been living in Gainesville, Florida, since 1980. I graduated from the CVT (cardiovascular technology) program at Santa Fe College in 1998…
Todd is the Cardiology Manager for Memorial Hermann Southeast in Houston, Texas. He also teaches an online RCIS Review course for Spokane Community College, in Spokane, Washington, and regularly presents with RCIS Review Courses. I get confused abou…
This monthly column in Cath Lab Digest reviews important points of distinction in drug-eluting stents, from characteristics to techniques, to provide valuable and relevant information about this technology. Dr. Grines is the Vice Chief of Academic A…
Many leaders and experienced staff working in their “twilight years” are experiencing new challenges at work in the cath lab. These members of the baby boomer generation, who have been the biggest segment of the workforce for several years, are facin…
We last spoke with Dr. Sharma in March 2008, after he had used the Runthrough wire approximately 120 times (available at http://cathlabdigest.com/article/8531). He commented: “If we find that the Runthrough wire has very low incidence of perforation…
An estimated 500,000 STEMI events per year occur in the United States. Evidence shows that rapid restoration of flow in the obstructed infarct artery is a key determinant of short- and long-term outcomes of STEMI patients.1 The focus to improve quali…
The author has no conflicts to declare, and no grants were received for the preparation of this manuscript. In 1977, amidst immense skepticism, Professor Andreas Gruentzig performed the world’s first angioplasty in Zurich, Switzerland. Using a bal…