August 2006

Volume 14 Issue 8

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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Can you help your fellow professionals with the following NEW question? Groin Prep I would like to know what other cath labs’ procedure is for prepping the groin area. Do you place a towel between the legs and prep, or do you prep the entire genit…
Professional Standards and Scope of Practice for the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Kenneth A. Gorski, RN, RCIS, FSICP Assistant Manager, Sones Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories; The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; Chairman, Professional…
Boston Scientific Launches iLab Ultrasound Imaging System Boston Scientific Corporation announced the U.S. launch of its iLab Ultrasound Imaging System. The company will make the system available immediately. The iLab Ultrasound Imaging System ca…
Successful infection control begins with the first meeting regarding the planning of a healthcare project. It’s that important. The following seven keys to infection control supplement recommendations in the American Institute of Architects (AIA)…
Introduction Prior to becoming an RCIS and beginning work in the cath lab, I worked for Hewlett Packard (HP) and Agilent Technologies for 32 years. During this time, I was a certified journeyman machinist, quality inspector, dimensional metrologist,…
What is the clinical value of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)? The primary benefit of IVUS is that it offers a tomographic, 360-degree view of the vessel wall from the inside, allowing a more complete and accurate assessment of a vessel than possibl…
Rather than simply upgrade the vascular x-ray technology, we decided to make a fresh start by redesigning the entire cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology lab. While we planned the foundation of our updated lab to be a dual-plane vas…
And so it goes for another 5-10 minutes, 50 or more mLs of contrast and only one view, which may show a marginally more narrowed lumen diameter, if the operator or cath lab crew squint their eyes. I’ve done this and at times, I struggle. Admittedly,…