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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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December 2009

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Volume 17 Issue 12
Vascular Solutions Launches the Guardian® II Hemostasis Valve Vascular Solutions, Inc. announces the availability of the Guardian® II Hemostasis Valve. Unlike conventional rotating hemostasis valves, the Guardian II has an ergonomic click-open and c…
Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals: Illinois Chapter News The Illinois Chapter of the Society of the Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals held a meeting October 15, 2009 at Shaw’s Crab House, Schaumburg, IL. The topic of discussion wa…
Multiple new and ongoing questions from readers. Your responses are welcome! Answer or pose a question at cathlabdigest@aol.com _______________________________ Questions! Post Recovery Situation I am interested in knowing what the post recover…
I was recently asked at our Cath Lab Basics 2009 course in Seattle, “What can the techs/nurses do to introduce a new and better way of doing something in the lab to the physicians and ultimately to the patients?” For example, how does one implement p…
Picture yourself at your hospital’s employee benefits fair. In front of you is the funny guy from the cafeteria. Ahead of him is the CEO’s secretary. Behind you are the hospital’s cardiologists. The hospital’s cardiologists? Ten years ago, five yea…
Introduction by Scott Hardin, Director of Cardiovascular Services When it comes to caring for patients, Carol Humble, cath lab inventory manager at Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, Tenessee, knows what it takes. After 14 years of direct…
What is unique about the vProtect™ Luminal Shield? This stent is part of a new generation of self-expandable nitinol stents. In this particular stent design, the radial force has been calculated to achieve less chronic outward force — an issue with…
Healthcare is an incredibly rewarding field. Rich Bluni, RN, author of Inspired Nurse, reveals methods that will help you look at your job in a whole new (positive) way. Anyone who’s been in healthcare for more than five minutes can tell you that it…
Consolidating catheterization and surgical units is an economical solution, once cultural objections are overcome. The economic case for consolidating a hospital’s catheterization and surgical units, is, in many ways, a no-brainer. In an era of t…