March 2016

Volume 16 Issue 3

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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Boston Scientific’s WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) device on March 13, 2015 for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. 
Dr. Shoaib Saya describes how he recently utilized BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring in order to handle the predischarge device check of newly implanted pacemakers, ICDs, and CRT devices. 
Steve Miller, the President of EPreward and a registered nurse for 37 years, shares his story about inventing and patenting an esophageal migration assist device. 
Cynthia Grush, BSN, RN and Adele Serio, MSN, RN, RCIS discuss how maintaining competencies while adjusting to an ever-changing schedule in a busy lab is a constantly looming challenge.
In this article, Annette Akers, who has an extensive background working in the medical device industry, discusses how her experience in EP recently hit home.In this article, Annette Akers, who has an extensive background working in the medical device…
Dr. Nilamkumar Patel presents a case of cryoballoon ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation while maintaining zero radiation exposure. 
Janet Reina, BS shares her thoughts on the pros and cons of virtual patient care. Will the future of patient care be web based? 
Cassandra Bigley, BSN, CVRN and Kristi Ramsey, BSN, RCIS, CVRN share information about their EP program at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.
Dr. J. Rod Gimbel describes how device implanters must make very specific choices every day regarding the devices they implant. One such choice is whether to implant an MRI-conditional device.
In a new article by Dr. Kevin R. Campbell, he writes that as patient advocates, we must be sure to have a “place at the table” as healthcare reform is modified in the next decade.