December 2007

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Volume 7 Issue 12

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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As one of the premier heart centers in Germany, our institution performs catheter ablation with great frequency. Approximately 2,000 ablation cases per year are going to be performed in two EP labs, with an increasing number of those cases being AF p…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? We currently have one EP Stereotaxis lab and one implant room. We presently have six dedicated staff members (one radiology tech, one r…
New technologies are emerging to integrate the 3D volume information obtained with multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) scanning to the electrophysiology lab. These offer a major improvement in the ability of the electrophysiologist to accuratel…
The University of Utah Division of Cardiology is proud to announce the upcoming Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium. The purpose of this Symposium is to bring together electrophysiologists, cardiologists, family practice physicians, internal medici…
Describe the PRECEDE-HF trial. What is the purpose of the trial? PRECEDE HF is the first large, randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the utility of implantable device-based monitoring technologies in heart failure. It has been designed and pros…
The week of August 11, 2007, the Heart Rhythm Society became aware of a decision by Shire Pharmaceuticals to discontinue the production of Ethmozine ® (morizine hydrochloride). The stated deadline was August 28, 2007. Sometimes manufacturers decide t…
Nicole Jarrell, RNC, MSN Describe your roles in the CICU. What is a typical work day like for you? In the role of nurse expert, I wear various hats based on what goals need to be accomplished. It may be spending the day in the unit, providing car…
Tell us about this case report. A 46-year-old male presented to the ER after experiencing two short syncopal attacks while working the night shift at a gas station. The patient had had accidental exposure to important amounts of gasoline vapors; he…
New Questions: EP Lab Work Schedule Our EP lab will be going to 8-hour shifts, 5 days a week in a couple of months. This is a decision that is widely unpopular with our nurses and techs. I am wondering if any other EP labs work 8-hour shifts (all 7-…