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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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February 2003

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Volume 11 Issue 2
Early Results Suggest PolarCath System May Be Better Than Conventional Angioplasty Balloon The PolarCath System which uses a new form of angioplasty to open blocked arteries by cooling and dilating them appears to be more successful and result in…
December 2002 Question: On-Call Teams Do any of you have access to statistics related to cath lab teams and acute interventions? Specifically, I am looking for a survey showing the number of nurses/techs composing the team. The reason is this; curr…
With the System 100, physicians specify the amount of fluid to be extracted from a patient’s blood at a controlled rate. Vascular access is established via a patient’s peripheral veins, typically in the arms. The system uses a technique called ultra…
Laissez Faire Facilities and JCAHO Earlier this year I sent out an e-mail requesting opinions from other hospitals regarding cath lab attire: hats, masks & shoe covers. The question was printed in your December 2002 issue (Email Discussion Gro…
We are revising our processes and relocating our pre and post cath patient care area. I’d like some ideas on staffing, training, hours, whether or not both in and outpatients pass through there, and especially whether there are patients from any othe…
In the past, patients commonly began their diagnosis in the emergency unit; today they arrive at the cath lab through varied treatment doors. They may have arrived on an emergent basis from the ER, a cardiologist’s office or heart scan clinic, or as…
My experience as an educator first began in college, when I would host Anatomy & Physiology study sessions at my house to help other students in my class. I graduated from the Armstrong Atlantic State University School of Radiology (formally, The…
March 3-7 18th Annual Interventional Cardiology 2003 Location: Snowmass Village, Colorado Website: www.promedica-intl.com March 7 - 8 Review Course for the Invasive Registry Exam Location: Portsmouth, Virginia Contact: Amy Ross, RCIS, FSICP Tel:…
Correction to:The Cath Lab Digest January 2003 article, How to Survive the New Technology Era: A Tool to Evaluate Current and Future Cath Lab Technologies, by Mary Heisler, RN, BA. The following sentence on page 21: I used the following criteria i…
Dr. Raman, what were your study results? We compared standard, multi-view coronary angiography and spin angiography for identifying stenoses at various points along the left coronary artery. We found a significant reduction in contrast administrat…