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Fast Facts for the Cath Lab Nurse

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Fast Facts for the Cath Lab Nurse

SKU# 9780826134622

Author: Brenda McCulloch MSN, RN

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This quick-access resource delivers a practical orientation for the cath lab. For nurses with a background in cardiac care or intensive care, the cath lab is replete with new challenges and learning opportunities. It is an increasingly complex environment with increasingly challenging procedures. Most effectively run by an interdisciplinary team, all healthcare providers in the cath lab uphold different roles to contribute to patient care and achieve successful procedural outcomes.

Fast Facts for the Cath Lab Nurse clearly presents the role of the nurse in the cath lab and how to assist with basic and advanced cath lab procedures. Written in a simple, easy-to-read format with streamlined, bulleted information, this orientation guide breaks down procedures and provides essential information for each step. Chapters cover interpreting pressure waveforms, understanding various calculations, identifying angiographic images, and more competently providing care to patients in the peri-procedural period.

Key Features

  • Provides tables, examples of common hemodynamic calculations, images of pressure waveforms and angiogram
  • Begins each chapter with key learning objectives
  • Provides a quick anatomy review
  • Assists with Registered Cardiovascular invasive Specialist (RCIS) certification

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 13, 2018
  • Page Count 199
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826134622
  • EISBN 9780826134769

Table of Contents 



1. The Cath Lab Environment

2. Working in an X-Ray Environment

3. About Contrast Media

4. Procedural Patient Preparation

5. Arterial Access

6. Hemostasis and Vascular Closure Devices

7. Cath Lab Hemodynamics: Waveforms, Pressures, and Calculations to Know

8. Right and Left Heart Catheterization

9. Angiography

10. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

11. Adjunctive Modalities

12. Procedural Complications

13. Peripheral Angiography and Intervention

14. Structural Heart Procedures

15. Emergency Care in the Cath Lab