January 2008

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Volume 8 Issue 1

Editorial Staff

Clinical Editor
Bradley Knight, MD
Executive Editor
Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Jodie Elrod
Production Manager
Alexa Flinn

Editorial Correspondence

Jodie Elrod, Managing Editor, EP Lab Digest
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How did the idea of putting automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all Ohio schools come about? How did you get started? About eight years ago, Josh Miller, a 15-year-old high school football player from Barbarton, Ohio, ran off the football f…
The hospital is part of the larger University Medical Center, which is the largest among Hamburg s hospitals with approximately 1,400 hospital beds. The medical center treats approximately 50,000 inpatients annually and approximately 250,000 outpatie…
Our laboratory is equipped with an EP MedSystems recording system (EP MedSystems, Inc., West Berlin, New Jersey), intracardiac ultrasound, and both Carto (Biosense Webster Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, Diamond Bar, California) and EnSite Na…
UMass Memorial Medical Center, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, has two electrophysiology (EP) labs. They perform approximately 1,300 EP procedures annually and maintain an inventory value of approximately $1 million at any given time. With cardi…
The purpose of this article is to provide a simple educational overview for staff members about tilt table testing. Although the specifics of this test can vary from place to place, there are fundamental basics that should be understood. Therefore, o…
The cardiovascular service line, and especially the diagnostic and interventional cardiology departments, have long fostered a team approach to care through cross-training of staff, an all-for-one approach to staffing and case coverage, and even team…
Robotics At the Heart Rhythm Society annual scientific sessions in May 2007, the word for the day was robotics. There was a huge amount of buzz regarding the approval of Hansen Medical s Sensei Robotic Catheter System as well as the intrigue of the S…
Mo al-Ahdab, MD, FAAP Why did you choose to work in the field of pediatric electrophysiology? Describe your medical background. My passion for the field started in medical school, during the time I was learning how to read electrocardiograms. Du…
Is PillCam ESO and the Given Imaging System also currently used for gastroenterology procedures? Yes, PillCam ESO was developed for patients suffering from esophageal disorders, such as esophageal varices, which may result in fatal bleeding, and Barr…
Clinical History A 56-year-old female with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, an ejection fraction of 25%, congestive heart failure, recurrent atrial fibrillation, pulmonary hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, states that she has periodic palpitation…