May 2008

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Volume 8 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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Pope Benedict XVI Accepts Gift of Defibtech Automated External Defibrillator Churches Can Be Leaders in Public Access Defibrillator Programs Defibtech is a designer and manufacturer of AEDs, which revive potential victims of sudden cardiac arr…
This month’s issue not only highlights new research, but also EP staff as well! Dear readers, The month of May is always my favorite time of the year, because it is when I get to see all the familiar faces at the Heart Rhythm meeting! To prepare f…
The goals of this ECG 101 article are to define ambulatory electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring, identify clinical scenarios where ambulatory monitoring has proven useful, and discuss the different types of monitoring available. We will highlight th…
Can digital music players (DMPs) such as iPods cause interference with implantable devices such as pacemakers and ICDs? In their research, Charles Berul, MD and colleagues recently found that DMPs can interfere with programmer communication, but not…
A Case Study of Multiple-shock Incidents Using Biphasic External Defibrillators Following Induced Ventricular Fibrillation
In the next installment of the “5 Ways” column, the author provides some advice on why you should join a professional medical organization. 1. Build your network of support. The more individuals participating with you in an organization of yo…
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the main cause of death in the European Union, killing over 2 million people per year. These deaths cost the economy 301.5 billion U.S. dollars annually. Many of these deaths could be averted with proper prevention pol…
Tell us about the Catheter Robotics Manipulation System by CRI. What are the key features? The Catheter Robotics Manipulation System (Figure 1) design was based on the following principles: • The system allows remote manipulation of conventi…
Historically, electrophysiology laboratories were designed on the model of catheterization laboratories. In this model, the x-ray images were the focal point of the procedure. This model worked for early electrophysiology laboratories, which included…
If an EP lab advertised for an EP tech job opening that read “Wanted: Motivated individual who can stare at a monitor of irregular squiggly lines for up to 10 mind-numbing hours, able to stand for hours wearing a heavy lead apron that puts you at ris…