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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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March 2008

Volume 16 Issue 3
Answer or pose a question at cathlabdigest@aol.com. New Questions Cross-Training Duties In a cross-trained lab, do RTs and CVTs document equipment only and the RN separately handles the moderate sedation and patient care documentation? Thank you,…
Can you tell us about the cath lab at Mount Sinai? Mount Sinai has a very busy cath lab. In 2003, we did 2,750 interventional procedures (with a total cath volume of 9400). In 2006, we crossed the 5,000 mark (5,174 interventional procedures and total…
Can you tell us about the cath lab at Children’s Hospital of Michigan? Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a part of the Detroit Medical Center. We have two Siemens bi-plane cath labs and 8 staff: 4 technologists and 4 nurses, with 13 full-time physi…
You have seen cardiac CT evolve over time. With the advent of CTs offering faster rotation speeds and better coverage, where do you feel CT fits into a cardiologist’s arsenal of medical equipment today? I think CT has become sufficiently robust…
Heart failure (HF) is a major and growing public health problem in the United States. Approximately 5 million patients have HF, and over 550,000 patients are diagnosed with HF for the first time each year.1 The number of HF deaths has increased stead…
By significantly reducing restenosis rates, drug-eluting stents (DES) have allowed interventional cardiologists to approach longer and more complex lesions, as well as multi-vessel disease patients. This dramatic reduction in restenosis has led to th…
Is there enough awareness in the interventional community about intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)? From my perspective, the answer is clearly no. IVUS is a powerful tool that is not being properly utilized. It is under-considered and too many excuses…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? Our cath lab consists of seven cath lab suites, including one peripheral lab, two dedicated electrophysiology (EP) labs and one electrophysiology (EP)/cath lab, and one bio…