September 2007

Volume 7 Issue 9

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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You are considered a nationally recognized expert on the topic of psychological care and quality of life outcomes of ICD patients; your research in this area is quite extensive. When in your career did you first begin to study the effects of ICDs in…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? The cardiac rhythm management program at Morristown Memorial Hospital has grown from one lab with a single cardiac electrophysiologi…
Tell us more about Mended Hearts. When was it formed? Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association. It was founded in Boston by heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Harken. We have been offering hope a…
Does your ICD group have a name or nickname? When and how often does your ICD group meet? Providence Hospital Medical Centers: We polled our patients to come up with a support group name but we didn't get any names that were special enough to re…
New Questions: ACT Guidelines I was just wondering what people are using for ACT guidelines during pulmonary vein isolations. I am also curious as to what ACT machine they are using. Heidi Helmer, RN, BSN (To reply to this question, please type AC…
Potentially lethal complications include arterial-venous fistula and/or dissecting hematoma, tears into the thoracic cavity, and tears of the superior vena cava (SVC) and/or heart wall.These potentially lethal complications all result from vascular t…
One of the draws of cardiac electrophysiology, for me, was the technology. While working in the Cardiac Care Unit, I cared one day for a patient who had a pacemaker. When I walked into his room to administer some medications, I noticed that he had so…