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Cardiac Catheterization Lab

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab cares for cardiac, vascular, and electrophysiology patients. Patients are prepared and recovered in the Cardiac Cath Lab, and procedures are performed in the Cath Lab procedure rooms. There is a family waiting area adjacent to the lab that allow easy visits with patients.

The Cardiac Cath Lab uses state-of-the-art digital cardiac and vascular imaging as well as digital image storage. We perform electrophysiology and ablation procedures, coronary and peripheral diagnostic and interventional procedures. Cardiologists implant pacemakers and defibrillators. Tilt studies are performed as well as cardioversions. The Cardiac Cath Lab has 4 Cath Lab suites and 13 pre and post-procedure private rooms.

The department uses a team approach in caring for patients. The team comprises doctors trained in the treatment of heart conditions (cardiologists), cardiologists trained in the treatment of heart rhythm disorders (electrophysiologists), registered nurses, registered radiographic technologist, and registered cardiovascular invasive specialists with specific training in providing care for the diagnostic, interventional or acute patient. A registered x-ray technologist is present during all cases to operate radiation-producing equipment and to assist with care of the patient. The scrub technician is a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist, registered nurse or registered radiologic technologist who assists the physician in treating the patient. A monitor technician is also present to assist the staff in hemodynamic monitoring and recording of the procedure. The Cardiac Cath Lab is staffed 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday - Friday, with emergency on-call coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Cardiac Cath Lab is a member of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Data is collected daily on performance measures and are benchmarked with other facilities. This information is collected and reported to the ACC on a quarterly basis and reports on performance are provided quarterly. The Cath Lab also hosts monthly Cardiac Cath Conferences. During these conferences, cardiologists present procedures of interest as well as discuss lab news, policies, and new initiatives.

The Cardiac Cath Lab employees are actively involved in The Medical Center’s Chest Pain Committee and performance guidelines related to a team effort to continually improve door-to-balloon times for the patient with an acute ST elevation myocardial infarction. The median door to balloon time has been below 70 minutes for the past three years, well below the established national benchmark. Guidelines for treating patients within the Cardiac Cath Lab are established using evidence-based criteria from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society, and Society of Chest Pain Centers as part of its Chest Pain Center accreditation. Nurses actively participate in shared governance committees and all employees are encouraged to work toward professional certifications.