December 2015

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Volume 15 Issue 12

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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The Resuscitation Guidelines have recently been updated. A summary of the changes in the 2015 BLS and ACLS guidelines that pertain to electrophysiologists and the EP lab is below.  
Sandy Wilds, RN, MS from Cardiovascular Peer Review, LLC reviews the recent Department of Justice settlements related to the billing of ICDs, and how hospitals can avoid False Claims Act liability.
Adel Mina, MD, FACC, FHRS and Nicholas Warnecke, PA-C present what they believe to be the first case of achieving quadri-directional block for pulmonary vein antral isolation.
Debra M. Halligan, RN, BSN, CCDS describes how forging a new frontier into the management of patients with cardiac devices can be both challenging and rewarding.
Todd J. Cohen, MD and colleagues discuss the management of an electrophysiology patient who developed persistent hypotension and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Neil Sanghvi, MD, FACC, FHRS discusses how careful management of device pockets and abandoned leads can prevent device erosions and potential intravascular infections.
Scott Lee, MD provides a case detailing his initial experience with the Evera MRI SureScan ICD System at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.
In this interview, we learn more about the installation of a modular EP lab at Northern Arizona Healthcare’s Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. 
This month we highlight the EP program at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, a private, not-for-profit community healthcare system in Tallahassee, Florida.
In a new article, Kevin R. Campbell, MD, FACC writes that we must all serve as advocates for women’s cardiac health, and raise awareness through advocacy, education, and research.