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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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January 2010

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Volume 18 Issue 1
A behind-the-scenes look with three superusers. Theresa DeMuro (Holding) and Wanda Cooley (Cath Labs) Tell us about your previous hemodynamic system and why you changed to the Xper Information Management system. Theresa (Holding): We originally ha…
Congratulations! Lisa Higgins, APRN-C, MSN, RCSA, one of the contributors on the development of the Cardiovascular Specialist Assistant Program, passed the advance practice registered nurse examination on November 4, 2009. She has been a member of t…
Importance of FFR in Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease Confirmed by New PCI Guidelines Level of evidence for FFR upgraded to an “A” following the recent results of the landmark FAME trial, which demonstrated that FFR-guided treatment improves cl…
4th Annual WI-SICP Educational Conference: Bigger Than Ever! The 4th Annual WI-SICP Educational Conference was held at the Kalahari Water Park and Resort in the Wisconsin Dells on November 13-14, 2009. The annual board of directors meeting took plac…
Questions! Prasugrel What are other hospitals doing with prasugrel? We have been checking P2y12 assays and if inhibition is not greater than 50%, switching the patient to prasugrel. (However, we did have one patient who had 0 inhibition on the pras…
The Cath Lab Basics 2009 course series ended in Tampa the first Saturday in December. Dr. Mike Lim and I enjoyed conducting a one-day ‘cath conference’ with the 180 cath techs and nurses from the region. Sitting at lunch, I asked my table of nurses…
In a first-degree heart block, why is there such a long delay in the PR interval? What is the pathology of this occurrence? – Beverly Eskdale, Winter Haven, FL A first-degree heart block can sometimes be dramatic and gathers a lot of attention when…
Every patient has a story to tell, and here’s why sharing that story is so important: The act of writing decreases patient stress around procedures, improves provider-patient communications and provides unique data to healthcare providers to improve…
Dr. Tai and Dr. Sizemore offer a regular course in Florida for physicians interested in learning radial technique. Technologists can also attend to learn about transradial equipment, prepping the patient and proper setup. Courses have been schedule…
Case Report A 76-year-old female presented to the emergency department (ED) with severe angina. She stated that she had experienced pain in her right arm along with a feeling of pressure the day prior. At that time, she took her blood pressure (BP)…