February 2004

Volume 12 Issue 2

Editorial Staff

Clinical Editor
Morton Kern, MD
Executive Editor
Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Rebecca Kapur
Production Manager
Elizabeth Vasil

Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute is one of the first in the world to utilize the AXIOM Artis dFC Magnetic Navigation System, dedicated to both magnetic-assisted interventional cardiology and electrophysiology studies. The Artis dFC Magnetic…
In the wake of increased federal investigation into wrong-doing between physicians and drug manufacturers, the world’s largest medical technology trade association has updated its ethical code to help medical technology companies and physicians ident…
Topic Under Discussion: For Larger Labs I have a question that is specific to the larger labs (3+ rooms or >25 staff members). a) How is the leadership designed in your lab? b) Is there a manager, director, or other? c) Who negotiates cont…
Hispanic Teens Face High Chances of Heart Disease, Diabetes An alarming number of Hispanic pre-teens have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. One study found three in 10 Hispanic pre-teens have metabolic syndrom…
James M. Glasgow, Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer, United States Navy, Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS), RN, is the Program Director and Master Training Specialist for the Cardiovascular (CV) School at the Naval School…
During the last two decades, there have been consistent improvements in acute and long-term outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Dramatic reductions in the rates of serious in-hospital major adverse clinical events (MACE), including…
How did the consortium come into existence? We’ve always been interested in clinical outcomes of coronary intervention, and how to improve those outcomes. In 1997, it occurred to us that single institutions don’t have the ability to collect an adequ…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff? The Cardiovascular Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has three cath labs, one electrophysiology lab, and a six-bed recovery area. Our department has 43 staff members: six CR…