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Laurie Gustafson
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Rebecca Kapur
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Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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March 2009

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Volume 17 Issue 3
How did you move from the cath lab to creating a temporary staffing agency? I started in diagnostic x-ray in 1994 and worked there for about 5 years, then moved to the cardiac cath lab after that. I left to work in industry for a number of closure d…
The world of medicine is fascinating. Each day presents itself with new opportunities to learn, invent, and most importantly, heal. In our years of working in cardiology, we have come across countless medical products and techniques, many of which we…
We explore four areas pertaining to peer evaluations. These areas include a look at potential problems in an evaluation performed solely by management, the positive and negative aspects of peer evaluations, suggestions on how to implement a peer eval…
A new trend is emerging in cardiac services — the hybrid catheterization lab. There is some controversy over the specific definition (A cath lab where they will also do surgery? An OR where they have fixed imaging?), but hybrid cath labs combine the…
Why found PAMEAS? I had worked in physician education training for a long time and felt that we needed an organization to represent patients and improve the patient experience. I wanted an organization that could do so, unlike typical patient advoca…
How did you come to use the transradial approach? About fifteen years ago, I was invited to a transradial session in Amsterdam, taught by Ferdinand Kiemeneij. It was a live demonstration course and I was in the audience as a femoral interventionali…
How is a vulnerable plaque clinically defined? Coronary plaque rupture with superimposed thrombus is the proximate cause of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). “Vulnerable plaque” is the atherosclerotic lesion defined as the precursor to coronary plaque…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? Holston Valley Medical Center (HVMC), a member of the Wellmont Health System, is a 544-bed facility located in Kingsport, Tennessee. In 2005, and again in 2007, Holston Valley w…