February 2017

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Volume 17 Issue 2

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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As more anesthesiologists are giving sedation in the EP labs, payors have recognized that they are double-paying for sedation. For this reason, the CPT codes for sedation are being unbundled from the procedures. The 2017 Current Procedural Terminolog…
Georgy Kaspar, MD and Christian Machado, MD, FACC, FHRS from Providence Ascension Hospital and Medical Centers in Southfield, Michigan, discuss how expert opinion and new emerging data support the proposition of catheter ablation for ventricular tach…
Antonio Navarrete, MD, FHRS and Farooq Iqtidar, MD, FACC from IU Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers, Indiana and IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, outline the steps needed to perform safe and effective fluoroless atrial fibrillati…
Greg Shelton, MBA, RRT, along with colleagues from Duke University Hospital and SpringBoard Healthcare, describe how Duke University Heart Hospital collaborated with SpringBoard Healthcare to develop an electrophysiology curriculum and training progr…
Andrew Brenyo, MD from the Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina, discusses his decision to pursue radiation reduction and lead removal. 
Isabel Deisenhofer, MD and colleagues from the Department of Electrophysiology at the German Heart Center in Munich, Germany, present a case illustrating the ability of a novel automated mapping system to generate high-density maps that assist in loc…
In this issue, we highlight the cardiac electrophysiology program from Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Linda Moulton, RN, MS and Kriegh Moulton, MD from the Order and Disorder Electrophysiology Training Program in New Berlin, Illinois, review how decremental ventricular pacing is performed and what findings are possible. 
Christopher R. Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS from the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, discusses the hospital-wide left atrial appendage (LAA) closure program at their institution, including the Vanderbilt Left Atrial Appendag…