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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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October 2006

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Volume 14 Issue 10
Mercy Unveils State-of-the-Art Cath Lab in ER Mercy again leads nation in acute heart care with complete cardiac catheterization lab in its emergency department Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, has established a state-of-the-art cardiac cath…
At my hospital, [no relation to the university hospital], a scrub person assists in catheter/balloon/stent exchanges over the wire. A scrub person does pullbacks from the pulmonary artery, can and does perform LV grams, inserts sheaths in the femoral…
There is a lot of buzz circulating about RFID right now. What is RFID and how does it help hospitals and, specifically, cath labs? Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, is a means of identifying a specific object through the use of a unique identi…
The iLearn IVUS Education Series from Boston Scientific is an innovative and unique education concept that builds knowledge and confidence to incorporate intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) into daily practice. Designed for physicians, fellows, nurses an…
Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field? I like the challenge and the responsibility that comes with treating cardiac patients. I first saw a cath lab as an EMT when I had to bring my patients. I saw what went on and I was hooked…
Full text is available on www.invasivecardiology.com Safety of Percutaneous Left Heart Catheterization Directly Performed by Cardiology Fellows: A Cohort Analysis Pierfrancesco Agostoni, MD, Maurizio Anselmi, MD, Gabriele Gasparini, MD, et al. Ba…
Hands-off Defibrillation There is a recent push to go to "hands-off" defibrillation for employee safety. Are your cath labs using paddles or patches for when defibrillation of a patient is required? Thanks. Karyn Hembree, RN, BSN, CCRN Cox Health D…
Arlene, Good question. I had this same question myself and hadn’t researched it yet. I referred your question to the SICP Standards Committee and Ken Gorski, RN, RCIS, FSICP, committee chair and assistant manager, Sones Cardiac Catheterization Labor…
CATSCAN, funded by Philips Medical Systems, included 238 patients who were clinically referred for non-emergency coronary angiography from June 2004 through March 2005 at 11 participating sites. A total of 187 patients underwent contrast-enhanced MDC…
With increasing health care costs, decreasing reimbursement and an increasing baby boomer population, the healthcare industry will soon realize the necessity of looking at process flow improvement in order to achieve cost savings. With information an…