May 2010

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Volume 10 Issue 5

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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AngelMed Guardian System Wins Medical Design Excellence Award Angel Medical Systems announced that the AngelMed Guardian System has received a 2010 Medical Design Excellence Award. The Guardian is an implantable cardiac monitoring and alerting syste…
Banner Heart Hospital recently underwent a $30 million expansion, the fifth in their 10-year history. Read more about their new facilities here. In this latest expansion, Banner Heart Hospital brought its procedural capacity to two EP labs, five ca…
Brugada syndrome is a relatively rare genetic disease that can lead to ventricular arrhythmias, syncope, or sudden cardiac death. It was first described in 1992 as a clinical entity.1 Since that time, specific diagnostic criteria for the Brugada synd…
It is often said that healthcare is between 10 and 15 years behind in adopting best business practices. This characteristic is quite prevalent in the area of new business or service development. A typical business may spend hours in planning and deve…
The implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) or electronic health records (EHR) systems in hospitals and medical offices has become a major priority in the last few years. This is due in part to governmental mandates that will require such…
I am taking the IBHRE CEPS exam instead as I consider it a much more meaningful credential. If I fail to pass the CEPS, I probably will take the RCES exam! — Paul Haidri, RN, BSN I have taken and passed the RCES exam and both of the IBHRE exams. Whi…
In preparation for our fourth medical relief trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, we thought we had everything figured out — what could possibly go wrong?
Every patient has a story to tell, and here’s why sharing that story is so important: The act of writing decreases patient stress around procedures, improves provider-patient communications and provides unique data to healthcare providers to improve…
Reprinted with permission from J Invasive Cardiology 2010;22:247–250. Patients who are entirely dependent on ventricular pacing are typically at the mercy of a single ventricular lead and pacemaker output in order to provide physiologic support. Thi…
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 two dedicated rooms for EP, and we also have a third room that is shared with another service that can be used if need…