February 2020

Volume 20 Issue 2

Editorial Staff

Clinical Editor
Bradley Knight, MD
Executive Editor
Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Jodie Elrod
Production Manager
Alexa Flinn

Editorial Correspondence

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Newer implements designed to extract transvenous pacemaker and defibrillator leads have resulted in increased success and safety. Before the mid 1990s when laser lead extraction sheaths were introduced, lead extractions were performed using simple tr…
In the next installment of The EP Edit podcast, we talk with DaMarcus E. Baymon, MD and Christopher W. Baugh, MD, MBA, who provide a review of strategies for achieving best outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation in the emergency department.
Levio Quinto and colleagues present a brief case report demonstrating how Twiddler’s syndrome combined with subclavian crush syndrome may represent a challenging cause of lead failure and a potential cause of challenging transvenous lead extraction.
Angela Murphy, BS, RCIS evaluates whether peer-to-peer education and a mandatory leadership approach can build stronger teams and empower lab staff.
On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, which provides an update on payment policies, rates, and other provisions for services on or after January 1, 2020…
A recent report from the National Resident Matching Program showed that approximately 40% of the 130 clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship positions in the U.S. remain unfilled. Kamala P. Tamirisa, MD, FACC, FHRS shares a few points to ponder…
EP Lab Digest speaks with Sandeep Jain, MD about the multidisciplinary team approach at the UPMC Center for Atrial Fibrillation, part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Christina Ferentinos VanDerveer, RN, BSN, BC-RN proposes prewarming patients to 36º C prior to undergoing cardiac electrophysiology (EP) procedures. This literature review supports a practice change in perioperative temperature management of EP cases…
EP Lab Digest highlights this EP program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
EP Lab Digest speaks with Dr. David McManus, Director of the Anticoagulation Service and Co-director of the Atrial Fibrillation Program about upcoming and ongoing initiatives in care at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts.