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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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August 2009

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Volume 17 Issue 8
Congratulations! Congratulations to Perri Winston, RN, RCIS, for passing the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam on July 15th. Perri works in the Cath Lab at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston, Texas. — Sent in b…
Hemostatic HemCon Patch™ Selected by the Premier Healthcare Alliance as Commitment to Healthcare Quality Improvement, Innovation The hemostatic HemCon Patch from HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc. and Cardinal Health was recently featured in the Pre…
I am a registered nurse (RN) of seventeen years and have spent the last fourteen working in the cardiac cath lab. Being the wife of a United States Marine Harrier pilot, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of cath lab settings, including…
Multiple new and ongoing questions from readers. Your responses are welcome! Answer or pose a question at cathlabdigest@aol.com _____________________________ NEW Questions! Dry Trays and D2B I need evidence-based info regarding the practice of…
In recent years, studies of multivessel coronary angioplasty randomized patients between surgery and intervention. The fairness of this randomization assignment has become a subject of great interest, since it may influence outcomes. One of the most…
Communication is more than just words. It’s about sharing ideas and information, and most importantly, it’s about listening. Telling a person something and communicating are two very different things. Real communication involves an exchange, making l…
A Proposal for Core Curriculum for Training of Advanced Level Cardiology Specialist Assistants for the Performance of Diagnostic and Interventional Carotid and Peripheral Procedures: Part III Report of the International Society of Advanced Level Me…
The role nitric oxide plays in the regulation of pressures in the pulmonary artery is a relatively new discovery. This article will examine the history of nitric oxide as a vasodilator, the new classifications of pulmonary hypertension and the reason…
With high volumes, cost and reimbursement, successful cardiology programs drive the revenue in the hospital. Declining reimbursement and increasing expenses make our jobs managing even tougher. During these tough economic times, we have to work hard…
One year after the June 2008 epic flood that overwhelmed Cedar Rapids, Iowa and forcd the evacuation of Mercy Medical Center, our hospital is back. But all employees, including our cath lab crew, carry vivid memories of our long, difficult recovery.…