December 2004

Volume 12 Issue 12

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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I’m pleased to welcome a new group of professionals to the Cath Lab Digest Editorial Board. It’s a long-overdue step, as our current consulting editors have been working very hard to ensure CLD continues to provide valuable, useful, and most importan…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? Maimonides Medical Center, located in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn, is a 705-bed not-for-profit hospital with very active cardiac services. The cardiac cath lab consists…
Coronary perforation is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Advanced patient age, female gender and the use of ablative devices seem to be the key factors predisposing to this complicatio…
Two Topics Under Discussion: Infection Control Policy I am an Infection Control nurse and have recently worked with our cardiac cath lab to revise their infection control policy. My references included: CDC guidelines for prevention of surgical si…
Response: Call Team Suggestions Assuming that a call team contains 3 members, create four teams: Team A: 7 am -3:30 pm Team B: 8 am - 4:30 pm Team C: 9:30am - 6:00 pm (Extended call team) Team D: 11:00am -7:30 pm (Call team) All shifts rota…
Hartford Hospital Ed Messer, BSN, MBA, Hartford, CN Hartford Hospital is a tertiary care center with the capacity of caring for 674 patients at any given time. The cardiac catheterization labs are comprised of four suites, two monitoring rooms, two…
Labs are drawn and the cardiology fellow comes down to assess the patient. He determines that this patient meets criteria to go to the cardiac cath lab. The fellow activates the on-call team. The patient is started on a NTG drip at 20 mcg/min, boluse…
Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field? While finishing a degree in anthropology, I worked as a janitor at Sacred Heart. One of the areas I cleaned was the cath/specials labs. I was intrigued by the high-tech instrumentation the…