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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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January 2005

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Volume 13 Issue 1
Closure Devices and the Cath Lab of the 21st Century It has been close to a decade since the first vascular hemostasis device was approved by the FDA for commercial use. The adoption and use of closure devices following catheterization and intervent…
Re: Streem M. Comparison of Arterial Puncture Closure Devices with Standard Manual Compression After Cardiac Catheterization at Robinson Memorial Hospital. Cath Lab Digest 2004;12(11):1-8. Dear Editor: As the physician who brought this potential…
Why did you choose to work in the CV field? I grew up in a small farming town in eastern Washington. Our high school advisor (and basketball coach) did not really provide a great deal of future planning for the graduating students. I was also facing…
Room Utilization Does anyone have a cath lab room utilization formula to calculate to what percentage a room is utilized? I am looking for the amount of time the room is in use. Andrew J. Graves, RCIS,FSICP Centennial Medical Center Clinic…
Some Cases of Sudden Cardiac Death May Start in Brain Disrupted signals from the brain to the heart may be responsible for sudden cardiac death caused by emotional stress, says a University College London study. Disrupted signals from the brain to t…
Over the past decade, many trends have impacted cardiac and vascular services. Two of the most notable trends occurring in the cardiovascular (CV) arena are the projected increase in population in age categories which utilize cardiac and vascular ser…
Dr. Turco, there’s an increasing focus on simulation training. Could you describe simulation training and why it’s becoming more widely used? Simulation training provides hands-on training in a true-to-life but risk-free environment with immediate f…
Our job as cath lab professionals is very specific and demanding. As a result, our profession has developed, and continues to develop on a regular basis, in order to meet the challenges of the complex disease states we encounter. We as cath lab profe…
I went to the hospital on my regular clinical day to find a team already there. They said they had been called in for an emergency for a patient early in the morning. My mentor said that the patient presented with Beck’s triad. I was wondering if you…