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Rebecca Kapur
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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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September 2004

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Volume 12 Issue 9
Vascular sealing devices have made their way into most cath labs in North America. Technology and development in this arena continues to improve and expand the horizons of hemostasis management. Patient comfort, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness are…
Question 1: Defibrillation by non-nursing staff? How does your hospital policy on defibrillation address non-nursing personnel in the cath lab? Are your rad techs or resp therapists allowed to defibrillate if they are ACLS certified? Is that a depar…
We designed the staple with a surgeon’s mentality, and chose titanium as the metal. Titanium is a very cheap, very inert metal that actually is what surgeons will implant most of the time with heart valves and with hip replacements. The staple is a v…
One of the new National Patient Safety Goals per the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Standards is verifying the correct patient, procedure, and procedure site when performing an invasive procedure. With extensive…
What are the areas of change you see for the market? As a company, Heartlab now has approximately 275 customers, which are principally in North America, although we are rapidly expanding into Asia and Europe. I bring this up because we have been hea…
Who out there has not had to deal with the staffing shortages facing not only cardiology, but also the healthcare field overall? If you haven’t, then you are one of the lucky few. The nursing shortage alone is expected to hit healthcare hard. Coupl…
Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field? In 1987, a job opportunity came my way via a graduate school alumnus, Mary Murphy, who was already working at the San Francisco Heart Institute. The field was in its early stages and fille…
Shore Memorial is the only local hospital offering a clinical affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Through this affiliation, cardiologists from PENN Cardiac Care at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center-Presbyterian prov…
Cath Lab Digest will, on occasion, publish an article that looks at an accepted issue or standard in an outside-the-box kind of way. We are fortunate to have such an article by Dr. David Allie this month, titled: Vascular Access Site Hemostasis: ‘An…
Boston Scientific Announces FDA Clearance for Peripheral Cutting Balloon Microsurgical Dilatation Devices Device Dilates Lesions at Lower Pressures than Traditional Angioplasty Boston Scientific Corporation has received clearance from the U.S. Foo…