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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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March 2009

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Volume 17 Issue 3
Vascular Solutions Launches Minnie Support Catheter Vascular Solutions, Inc. announced the launch of its Minnie support catheter. The new catheter is designed to provide superior guidewire support and exchange for complex interventions, with versio…
SICP leadership met January 23-25, 2009 at SICP Headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. The weekend of strategic planning brought together many longtime SICP leaders as well as several new volunteers. The group identified several initiatives that th…
Multiple new and ongoing questions from readers. Your responses are welcome! Answer or pose a question at cathlabdigest@aol.com New Questions! Safety Of Obturators I am looking for information about using obturators in sheaths when there is going…
I. Primary Angioplasty (doctor) Sarah’s cheerful face Popped through the cath lab door, “There’s an inferior MI in A&E 34-year-old man. Other lab is busy.” I had just finished Angio-Sealing The last double-vessel PCI; “Ready when you are Sarah,…
Dear Editor, I would like to give credit to the easy, quick and painless ECG test. I started my medical career as an ECG tech in 1971, advanced to monitor tech, then CV tech at an on-the-job training program offered at the Washington Hospital Cent…
How sterile does the cardiac catheterization laboratory have to be? In the initial years of catheterization at The Cleveland Clinic, Mason Sones was seen performing the procedure in a sterile gown and glove with a sterile mosquito clip at his side in…
My name is Sebrena Palmer. I live in Gulf Breeze, Florida. I have been an RN for 24 years and will soon celebrate 23 years at Baptist Hospital. Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field? Initially, I was a critical care nurse. I…
If you have ever been contacted by a recruiter, they most likely have been contracted by a hospital or practice to identify and screen candidates with a background similar to the skill set you currently possess for an open position. Recognizing your…
___________________________________ “We have so many different ways that we administer nitroglycerine. Which one is best?” — RCIS Online Class Student Yes, it can be confusing sometimes. However, as I will explain, there isn’t a ‘best way,’ on…
Mount Sinai Hospital cath lab accomplishes over 5,000 interventions annually, making it one of the busiest cath labs in the country. In 2008, the cath lab performed 5,254 interventions, a 7% increase over 2007 (4,908 interventions). The cath lab has…