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Rebecca Kapur
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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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February 2002

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Volume 10 Issue 2
New Research Points to Key Role of Imaging Test in Reducing Higher Cardiac Event Rates and Improving Outcomes in Patients with Diabetes The results of a new study show that a noninvasive imaging technique, called stress myocardial perfusion imaging (…
LAST MONTH’s QUESTION: If you have two or more cath labs running: 1. Are you running 8, 10, or 12-hour shifts? 2. Start time of first case in each room. 3. Length of time slots, i.e., 90 min-120 min. 4. Are all diagnostic caths possible interve…
The appropriateness of staffing a cardiac cath lab with diversified specialties is an issue that has been debated and continues to be widely so. A diversified team, made up of various credentials but united through the Registered Cardiovascular Invas…
Marsha Holton, BS, CCRN, RCIS, FSICP, is the staff educator in the cardiac cath lab at Washington Adventist Hospital, and the Project Director for Educational Corners, an exciting project that will bring to the labs an on-site, computer-based, web-su…
Nurses, radiologic technologists, and radiographers have increasingly been performing tasks that were previously done exclusively by physicians. This month’s [HealthStream’s] Journal Alert asks whether nurses can safely perform diagnostic angiography…
How about celebrating Cardiovascular Professional’s week without FOOD! The holiday season is winding down and I’m up 10 pounds! Don’t the reps and MDs know what their good intent does to our waistline? Seriously though, how about a campaign of Have y…
Patients come to us with an understandable apprehension about having a cardiac cath or EP study performed on them. They see the X-ray equipment, sterile table, hats and masks, and it reminds them of something out of a Frankenstein movie. Yet the pr…
What do cross-training and being a team have in common? Can you honestly be a team without being cross-trained? These two terms elicit feelings of both consternation and pride. The question is: who’s justified in feeling proud? 1. Cross-training:…
Definitions: Team\ tem \ n 1: two or more draft animals harnessed to the same vehicle or implement (OK, we all work in healthcare; please disregard THIS definition, especially anyone who is an administrator!) 2: two or more individuals associated in…