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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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July 2005

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Volume 13 Issue 7
I. Monitoring of vital signs I am looking for any information or standards with regard to monitoring of vital signs with femoral sheath removal. Currently we do q5- signs till hemostasis is achieved, i.e., blood pressure and pulse ox with wave form…
Dear Editor, The State of New Jersey (Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Radiologic Health) is now discussing certain roles and scopes of practice in the cardiac cath lab. I have received a letter from The New Jersey Department of…
Omnicell and Witt Biomedical Announce Inventory Management Partnership to Enhance Cardiology Customers’ Workflow Omnicell, Inc., focusing on supply management technology, and Witt Biomedical Corporation, a cardiology image and information management…
What do we know about the use of DES versus bare-metal stents (BMS) in diabetics with CAD? To compare DES and BMS in diabetics, you first have to review the issues that diabetics have that non-diabetics only partially share. With either stent, the A…
A new online Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) class is helping cath lab technologists and nurses work together to prepare for their board exams. It is a web-based Continuing Education class from Spokane Community college that uses…
The lakes are frozen, people are ice fishing and I can see that they are boiling the sap. We recently visited Burlington, Vermont and it was a totally new experience from the last time we visited. Previously, we had gone swimming in Lake Champlain an…
While the new ICD-9-CM codes are obviously positive news, the downside is the estimated amount of time required to implement a change (Target date CMS FY 2008 that begins October 1, 2007: see Table 1). The upside is that the new coding convention pro…
Paris in May: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre (home of the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo), the Arc de Triomph, the Palace of Versailles, blossoms in bloom, young lovers walking hand-in-hand, and EuroPCR. EuroPCR is an international conferen…
The votes are in! Another successful conference. The Cath Lab Digest 4th Annual Symposium on Cardiovascular Care (ASOCC) took place June 2-4, 2005 at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada. Under the direction of Chris Nelson, RN, RCIS, FSICP and…
Dear Editor, I have been a cath tech for 25 years and I must say I was blown away by some of the information in the article on sheath removal. A minimum" hold of 20 minutes?!! Somebody has got to be kidding. My usual hold time is 3-4 minutes wi…