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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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February 2008

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Volume 16 Issue 2
New Questions Manual Pressure I work in the cath lab. My main job is to hold manual pressure on all post cath patients. I am trying to find out how many cath labs use manual pressure compared to closure devices. Do any other cath labs have one perso…
Common Drug-Eluting Coronary Stents Appear to Have Similar Clinical Outcomes A comparison of use of the first two commercially available drug-eluting coronary stents (for the medications sirolimus and paclitaxel) among patients in “everyday clinical…
 I have been in the healthcare industry since May of 1983. I started my nursing career in the critical care unit (CCU) while working in the Army Nurse Corps. Once I left the Army Nurse Corps, I was a flight nurse with the Air National Guard for 7 yea…
Recently, the Washington Hospital Center presented a unique analysis on the clinical impact of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) on drug-eluting stent (DES) placement at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Heart Association. What was the objective…
Several years ago, I attended an educational seminar that focused on healthcare finance and economics. While I don’t remember a great deal about what was presented that day, one thing stands out in my mind as clear as if it happened yesterday: the ke…
Background Although clinical trial data suggest that the incidence of hemorrhagic and vascular complications associated with invasive coronary procedures is relatively low, contemporary data from ‘real world, non-trial related’data tertiary care c…
The registered cardiovascular invasive specialist (RCIS) exam does require the candidate to be familiar with a few different ways to calculate cardiac output. In reality, some are more reliable and accurate than others. It also appears that the empha…
For more information about the SICP at New Cardiovascular Horizons, see: Powell D. The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals Holds an RCIS Review Course at New Cardiovascular Horizons. Cath Lab Digest Jan 2008;16(1):43-44. Thank You to Dr…
The Illinois Chapter of the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals held their winter meeting December 4th, 2007 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Schaumburg, IL. The topic of discussion was ‘PCI Drug-Eluting Stent Safety,’ presented by Fred Le…
With the rising cost of health care and decreasing reimbursements from third-party payers, health care organizations must find a way to protect their bottom line. One area frequently reviewed is supply utilization and costs. Although supply cost redu…