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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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October 2007

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Volume 15 Issue 10
This all sounds like good news! However, the detail of the FY08 IPPS rule includes the most significant change in the way hospital inpatient services are reimbursed since the adoption and implementation of the current DRG system in 1983, namely the a…
ACVP's Awards program allows us all to be excellent! This is a great way to recognize your peers and their contributions, not only to the Alliance, but to the healthcare profession. The ACVP nomination process is easy you can nominate online at www.…
Joseph De Gregorio, MD, Chief of Interventional Cardiology and Interventional Research, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey Can you tell us about the cath lab at Hackensack University Medical Center? De Gregorio: Hackensac…
Case Report An 83-year-old male with multiple medical problems was admitted to the hospital for intravenous antibiotic treatment of a severe lower extremity cellulitis. He suffered from longstanding diabetes mellitus and resultant chronic kidney dis…
Hemoglobin is 10.6mg/dl; White blood cell count (WBC) is 11,000 cell/mm3; K+ (potassium) is 3.4meq/dl, platelet count of 65,000; Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) is 28mg/dl; Creatinine is 1.4mg/dl; International Normalized Ratio (INR) is 1.5. S…
Patient safety is always a primary goal in any hospital and radiation safety ranks high on the list of safety items for a catheterization laboratory. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NCR) and the Food and Drug Association (FDA) regulate the us…
Unfortunately, I believe he accurately summarizes the current views of many cardiologists, especially those trained since the early 1990’s. Without question, echocardiography, Doppler, and nuclear testing are excellent clinical tools for assessing le…
What are the latest developments in carotid stenting trials and research? In July of this year, Kensey Nash Corporation announced a Board of Directors decision to cease all activities involving the marketing and regulatory approval process of the fl…
What are patient management guidelines, and how are they set? In cardiology, guidelines are typically set by an organization when a sufficient body of evidence exists for the treatment of a specific disease state. Guidelines are also used as guiding…
Case Report A 56-year-old woman presented with an acute inferior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. She was treated with intravenous metoprolol, heparin and eptifibatide, along with oral clopidogrel and aspirin. Emergent cardiac catheteriz…