November 2006

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Volume 14 Issue 11

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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We were in the midst of a mock JCAHO survey and with an emphasis on outpatient services, the surveyor wanted to follow a patient from admission to the ED for chest pain, on to the cath lab for a left heart cath. Now, the patient they chose was a hosp…
In June 1997, the ASRT (American Society of Radiologic Technologists) launched an aggressive campaign to protect patients undergoing radiologic procedures. The campaign sought to require minimum federal standards for the education and credentialing o…
Arnold Palmer Hospital is a 158-bed facility which serves the needs of children in central Florida. Since partnering with Miami Children's Hospital in 2002 to form the Congenital Heart Institute, the volume of patients rotating through the cardiac ca…
24 registered cardiovascular invasive specialists (RCISs) 8 registered nurses (RNs) 7 patient care assistants one cath lab manager one clinical supervisor one education coordinator 3 patient care facilitators 2 image librarians…
Drug-eluting stent procedure payment, total impact decreased by up to -3% (the original proposed was -33%) (DRG, 558) Cardiac Defibrillator implant W/O cardiac cath, total impact decreased by 9.6% (DRG515) Chest Pain, total impact decreased by 5.…
Through angiography, a 20 mm chronic total occlusion (CTO) was noted in the proximal to mid left anterior descending (LAD), with retrograde filling from the right coronary artery (RCA) (Figure 1). The patient was hypertensive, had hypercholesterolemi…
Given the ever-growing number of interesting and highly focused meetings, this question is not trivial. We only have a limited number of meeting and vacation days. Let's use them wisely. If we look over the calendar, we can see four major cardiovasc…
Cath Lab Digest talks with: Todd Chitwood, BS, RCIS, FSICP, President Elect of the SICP (Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals) and Co-founder, Oregon Chapter of the SICP Cindy Daniels, MS, RT(R), President, American Society of Radiolo…