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February 2, 2020
Newer implements designed to extract transvenous pacemaker and defibrillator leads have resulted in increased success and safety. Before the mid 1990s when laser lead extraction sheaths were introduced, lead extractions were performed using simple traction and primitive tools that included steel and Teflon mechanical sheaths.
February 2, 2020
In the next installment of The EP Edit podcast, we talk with DaMarcus E. Baymon, MD and Christopher W. Baugh, MD, MBA, who provide a review of strategies for achieving best outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation in the emergency department.
February 2, 2020
Levio Quinto and colleagues present a brief case report demonstrating how Twiddler’s syndrome combined with subclavian crush syndrome may represent a challenging cause of lead failure and a potential cause of challenging transvenous lead extraction.
February 2, 2020
Angela Murphy, BS, RCIS evaluates whether peer-to-peer education and a mandatory leadership approach can build stronger teams and empower lab staff.
February 2, 2020
On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, which provides an update on payment policies, rates, and other provisions for services on or after January 1, 2020. Jim Collins, CPC, CCC provides a review.
February 2, 2020
A recent report from the National Resident Matching Program showed that approximately 40% of the 130 clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship positions in the U.S. remain unfilled. Kamala P. Tamirisa, MD, FACC, FHRS shares a few points to ponder as we address this crisis.
February 2, 2020
EP Lab Digest speaks with Sandeep Jain, MD about the multidisciplinary team approach at the UPMC Center for Atrial Fibrillation, part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
February 2, 2020
Christina Ferentinos VanDerveer, RN, BSN, BC-RN proposes prewarming patients to 36º C prior to undergoing cardiac electrophysiology (EP) procedures. This literature review supports a practice change in perioperative temperature management of EP cases.
February 2, 2020
EP Lab Digest highlights this EP program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
February 2, 2020
EP Lab Digest speaks with Dr. David McManus, Director of the Anticoagulation Service and Co-director of the Atrial Fibrillation Program about upcoming and ongoing initiatives in care at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts.