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Clinical Editor
Morton Kern, MD
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Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Rebecca Kapur
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Elizabeth Vasil

Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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November 2005

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Volume 13 Issue 11
Recent technological developments allow procedures that once required general anesthesia and surgery to be performed in the catheterization laboratory on an outpatient basis. As one of the busiest pediatric catheterization laboratories in the nation,…
A young female patient came to our cath lab with very high PA pressures. The doctor said that she needed to have nitric oxide treatments. What are nitric oxide treatments? Pulmonary hypertension occurs in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary d…
Today, we have expanded our imaging modalities to include 7 cardiac cath labs, 3 electrophysiology labs, 1 magnetic resonance (MR) machine, and a 64-slice CT scanner. What will the future hold? As managers and administrators, we need to spend a consi…
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that hospital-related infections are now the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Especially susceptible to these hospital-related infections are patients treated with percutaneous and indwelling…
Can you help your fellow professionals with the following NEW question? Expired Supplies I am inquiring if any staff member of Cath Lab Digest knows of an organization that accepts old and expired devices (i.e., catheters, stents, etc.) for redist…
At our facility, a nurse practitioner and/or a physician assistant completes the history and physical on all outpatients. They enter the information into a tablet PC computer that contains an electronic-based form that is printed out and placed in th…
Percutaneous interventional approaches for the treatment of vascular disease have become more common. As catheter-based technology advances, physicians are preparing to perform an increased volume of percutaneous alternatives to surgery. Hospital adm…
Radiology was not included in the military’s plan, however, because NPs and PA-Cs are traditionally indoctrinated in clinical health fields such as cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics…
Patient Presentation A 69-year-old female patient presented to our emergency department experiencing chest pain, which she rated as an 8 on a scale of 10. The patient is a nonsmoker with a history of atrial fibrillation. Once admitted to the emergen…