May 2005

Volume 13 Issue 5

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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For the nation’s top health care centers, the common denominator is the continual challenge to enhance quality, while meeting increased demand for services. Sun City Cardiac Center in Arizona is no exception. Faced with this daunting goal, the Center…
Author Philip Cenci is our inaugural winner of the Einstein Award this month, an award suggested by board member Steve Gressmire. Cath Lab Digest will reserve this award for those cath lab professionals sharing ideas that are simple in concept but ca…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? We have two cath suites, and a six-bed pre/post unit with a total of 18 FTEs and 2 PRNs. Staff consists of 6 CVTs/RTs, 11 RNs, 1 Manager (RCIS), and 1 unit secretary. What typ…
When patients have received Plavix® (clopidogrel, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, New York, NY), Integrilin® (eptifibatide, Millenium Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA) or Reopro® (abciximab, Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis, IN), the patient is closely observed…
Our cath lab was not unlike many others I’ve seen. Our physicians and patients had the needed resources, but we knew operations could be improved. We spent too much time on activities we weren't trained for or didn't want to do. Most importantly, the…
Today’s healthcare market is changing before our eyes. Each of us is facing an aging workforce, pressure to streamline process and reduce costs, and complexity in patient care that has never been seen before. In the midst of all this, leaders are str…