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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Welcome to the May 2008 edition of the email discussion group. As you will see, the “EP lab work schedule” question is a hot topic this month! If you would like to join in on the discussion, please email us at eplabdigest@hotmail.com or visit us at w…
The Canadian Heart Rhythm Society is a professional society of Canada’s heart rhythm specialist physicians and allied health professionals. In this feature interview, current President Martin Gardner, MD tells us more about the organization. Tell…
Ablative therapy has been a staple of electrophysiology for years and a major treatment modality for various rhythm disorders. Indeed, the advent of radiofrequency ablative therapy has ushered in a plethora of curative solutions for some of the most…
In this new section, we’ll highlight the job duties of a different position (RN, RCIS, MD, etc.) in the EP lab to give readers an idea about what others do in their daily role. This month, Douglas Beinborn, MA, RN interviews Lisa Fanning, a technicia…
Background La Porte Regional Health System (LRHS), a Clarian Health Partner, is comprised of La Porte Hospital, a 227-bed community hospital; La Porte Regional Physician Network, made up of 19 physician practices; and La Porte Hospital Foundation, a…
This month we speak with Dr. Amit Shanker, who heads the Center for Advanced Arrhythmia Medicine (CAAM) located at the Bassett Heart Care Institute, an affiliate with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in Cooperstown, New Yor…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? There are five labs total, including one with Stereotaxis, two biplane labs, and one procedure room for tilt table tests, cardioversi…
Attempts to cure atrial fibrillation (AF) often require multiple drugs that usually fail over the long term. Our case report from the University of Virginia demonstrates how a collaborative relationship between the electrophysiologist and the cardiov…
At this year’s ACC meeting, Dr. Russo et al presented research on the under-referral of women for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. Andrea M. Russo, MD is the Electrophysiology Laboratory Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Penn…
Background La Porte Regional Health System (LRHS), a Clarian Health Partner, is comprised of La Porte Hospital, a 227-bed community hospital; La Porte Regional Physician Network, made up of 19 physician practices; and La Porte Hospital Foundation, a…