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Clinical Editor
Morton Kern, MD
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Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Rebecca Kapur
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Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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December 2006

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Volume 14 Issue 12
Just a note to compliment Dr. Morton Kern on his recent Editor's Corner in Cath Lab Digest (The Scope of Practice in the Cath Lab: Are there limits as to what cath lab staff should do?, October 2006). I have worked in the cath lab at Presbyterian Int…
SICP Chapter News As usual, the cath lab professionals in the Gulf Coast Region continue to make my dream come true. In 2003, we organized the Gulf Coast Chapter with a vision of providing a venue for cath lab staff to network and receive educational…
Answer: Unfortunately, no. Here is the reason why it probably cannot be done. RT to RPA is comparable to RN to MSN. Like the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Nurse Practitioner (NP), the Radiologic Physician Assistant is considered to be an RT adva…
All of us who have chosen to work in cardiac catheterization and EP laboratories come from a variety of backgrounds: nursing, cardiovascular technology, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, emergency medical technology, and others. We comprise…
The ACC and AHA Launch National Alliance To Reduce Door-to-Balloon (D2B) Times The American College of Cardiology (ACC), together with the American Heart Association (AHA) and other key national healthcare organizations, announced the launch of its…
ChloraPrep® Extends Product Line with New Hi-Lite Orange Tint Medi-Flex announced an extension of its Chlora Prep® patient preoperative skin preparation line with the addition of new Hi-Lite Orange tinted applicators. The tint gives the surgical te…
GFR is glomerular filtration rate. This should be very important to you and the staff taking care of the patient. GFR is better than creatinine and BUN for measuring kidney disease. Creatinines can be at high levels, but it can still be within normal…
Can you describe the TC-WYRE study? The TC-WYRE (TAXUS® Stent-Cypher® Stent What's Your Real World Experience) study is a large, retrospective clinical evaluation of one-year outcomes among 1,558 patients who received either a TAXUS Stent or Cypher…
Webster’s Dictionary defines orientation as familiarization with and adaptation to a situation or environment. Over the past 20 years, I have been involved in training cath lab techs and nurses in some capacity or another. Throughout my total 30 ye…
The year has also provided us with more information about how best to manage myocardial infarction beyond door-to-balloon time both directly and through improved pharmacology. The prevention of renal dysfunction during interventional studies remains…