November 2005

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Volume 5 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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Not so very long ago, it was probably easier to win the lottery than qualify to get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). ICDs were considered extreme measures for the most desperate cases. As such, patients had to have survived not one bu…
New Questions: Licensed Personnel Double-checking Certain Medications During Procedures I work in a university-based hospital electrophysiology lab. We have a policy that requires 2 licensed persons to check certain medications prior to administrat…
Many approaches to AF ablation have been proposed over the past 5-10 years. Some of these are catheter-based, and some require surgery. Catheter ablation approaches have included pulmonary vein isolation and creation of linear lesions. Most prominent…
Background The patient is a 17-year-old male diagnosed with ventricular preexcitation since the age of 9. Initially he complained of only intermittent palpitations, but more recently demonstrated an adenosine-sensitive sustained supraventricular tac…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? We have five cardiac catheterization labs, one of which functions as an electrophysiology lab. Our lab is staffed with registered nurses…
Summary of Recent Advisories Medtronic, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) issued a physician advisory letter in February 2005 regarding an increased risk of sudden battery failure in some of its ICDs in the Marquis family. This involved a shorting mechanism at…