November 2007

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Volume 7 Issue 11

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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Pregnant women often experience symptoms of dizziness or palpitations, most of which are benign. These can be due to arrhythmias that are either new or due to underlying conditions that have been unmasked by pregnancy. Understanding the physiologic c…
Tell us about the Baseline ICD Registry. How many participating physicians and hospitals were there? How many device implants were reported? In the first year of the Baseline ICD Registry, 3,249 physicians participated from 1,117 hospitals; the num…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? Orlando Regional Medical Center has three dedicated EP labs. A fourth lab is scheduled to open in January 2008. After the new lab open…
Background and Introduction The intent of this article is to familiarize the reader with not only the minimum standards associated with the design of electrophysiology labs, but also guidance and innovations in the planning and design of EP labs.…
Dear readers, This month we hear from electrophysiologists, allied professionals, EP organizations, and EP advocates (even an architect, too!). Highlights from our November issue include: In this issue we speak with Stephen Hammill, MD, FHRS about t…
Registered Nurse (RN) Midwest States: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, MS, OH, WI Years of exp.: 0-2 Average $ rate/hr: $29.00 $ Range or individual response: $29.00 Years of exp.: 3-5 Average $ rate/hr: N/A $ Range or individual response: N/A Years of exp…
New Questions: Antibiotics Our electrophysiologist wants to know what is the standard practice for antibiotics post PM and ICD implants. He currently gives a second dose of IV antibiotics, and no oral antibiotic is given at home. Is it common to sen…
Continuous improvement means improving quality and reducing costs by enhancing the efficiency of care delivery processes. These processes involve all cardiovascular specialties and have a substantial impact on how a department or hospital operates. I…
October 31 - November 2, 2007 American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA) 50th AAMA Annual Conference Location: Town & Country Resort, San Diego, California Contact: Holly Estal, EdM, Director of Education Tel.: 847-759-8601 Email: info@aa…
During the school year, twenty percent of America s population spends at least part of their day on a school property. Common sense would conclude that automated external defibrillators should be deployed on school campuses to provide protection from…