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Clinical Editor
Morton Kern, MD
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Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Rebecca Kapur
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Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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November 2003

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Heartlab Customers Now Can Electronically Harvest and Submit Data to the ACC-NCDR® Quality Measurement Program Heartlab, Inc. announced that its Encompass® Cardiac Network has achieved certified vendor status from the American College of Cardiology…
The Letter from the Editor will return with the December 2003 issue. This month, we offer the thoughts of John Ruskin, Mark Twain and Hans Selye, who were very much ahead of their time in musing over life in the cath lab. "When love and skill wo…
Why and how did you become an educator? In 1986, I began work as a respiratory therapist. I became an educator in 1989 when I was offered an adjunct teaching position from my alma mater, Youngstown State University (Ohio). I worked with the students…
To join the Email Discussion Group, please email cathlabdigest@hotmail.com Pictures in this month's Email Discussion Group are from St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. Topics Under Discussion: Incentives for certification Observin…
Hemostasis is a mechanism that restricts loss of blood from damaged blood vessels via the formation of clot. This mechanism is essential to maintain the closed blood-circulatory system. There are numerous hemostatic devices and agents in use today to…
As a new manager in the cardiology department at Halifax Medical Center as of February 2003, I focused my initial efforts on understanding how my department operated, on both a clinical and financial basis. Since fiscal responsibility is often how th…
American College of Cardiovascular Administrators Dear Editor: Your September 2003 Cath Lab Spotlight* highlighted the American College of Cardiovascular Administrators (ACCA) in its sidebar, The Following Questions Are Courtesy of the SICP. Simi…
Can you help answer these questions from your colleagues across the country? Protocol to change transducer What is the protocol for when to change the transducer on the table? Understandably, if patient’s blood were flushed through the device, but…
Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field? I was working in the CCU of a large teaching facility in Houston. A new cath lab was built adjacent to our unit and I got to know the cath lab staff that worked in the lab. They seemed to…