Morton Kern, MD: Clinical Editor Columns in Cath Lab Digest

Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 1.58.56 PMWe are delighted to present a collection of Dr. Kern’s Cath Lab Digest Clinical Editor columns by year. We begin with 2012 and go back to February 2006 — Dr. Kern’s very first column as CLD‘s Clinical Editor (check out the hot topics in 2006!).

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January 2012: Accurate Hemodynamic Data Recording: Recognizing and Overcoming Hemodynamic “Glitches”

February 2012: Hypotension in the Cath Lab? Think Vagal Reaction Early

March 2012: FAME II Stopped Enrollment Early, More Events in the Medical Arm. What Does It Mean for PCI?

April 2012: 9 Straight Days of Call: Fatigue in the Cath Lab

May 2012: Radial Access Made Easy: Try Ultrasound Guidance

June 2012: Bioabsorbable Stents – Where Are We Now?

July 2012: What Will You Need to Start a TAVR Program?

August 2012: Should You Do a Radial Artery Cath in Patients Needing CABG or Dialysis?

September 2012: Serial Lesion FFR Made Simple

October 2012: Reducing Complications in the Very High ‘BMI’ Patient

November 2012: Why Is My Lab’s PCI Volume Decreasing?

December 2012: Where Does Your Cath Lab Stand? A Contemporary View of Cath Labs, 2012.


January 2011: How Should We Manage Nickel Allergy in Patients Needing Coronary Stents?

February 2011: Contrast Anaphylactoid Reaction: Is There a Preventative Treatment?

March 2011: Is Radial Artery Catheterization a Tempest in a Teapot?

April 2011: Establishing a “Quality” Program for PCI in Your Lab

May 2011: My Big 4 at ACC: EVEREST II, Partner Cohort A, RIVAL, and PROTECT II

June 2011: Do You Know Your Radiation Dose During Your Cath?

July 2011: Conversations in Cardiology – A First in Internet Dialog for Medical Education: Managing a Thrombus in the Left Main Coronary Artery

August 2011: Angiographic Projections Made Simple: An Easy Guide to Understanding Oblique Views

September 2011: Evaluation of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Lesions in the Cath Lab

October 2011: ‘Conversations in Cardiology’: What to do with dual anti-platelet therapy in a young pregnant patient with an LAD stent?

November 2011: When Should You Discharge a PCI Patient From the Hospital?

December 2011: Forearm Vein Access for Radial Procedures: An Easy Method for Right and Left Heart Catheterization


January 2010: Dynamic Leadership in the Cath Lab: Balancing Taking Charge and Being Part of the Team

February 2010: How Many People Do You Need to Do a Cardiac Cath?

March 2010: The STEMI Box– Shorten D2B and Cath Lab Prep in the Emergency Department

April 2010: FFR, IVUS, Apples, Oranges, and Overcoming Conventional Wisdom: A review of basic concepts to guide everyday usage

May 2010: The Armen Glove for Radial Access Prep – A Better Way

June 2010: Anti-Platelet Therapy and Resistance: How common is it and what should we do about it?

July 2010: What We Learned After Starting a ‘Radial First’ Program

August 2010: How Do We Decide When 3-Vessel CAD is Too Much for PCI?

September 2010: Treating Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Unprotected Left Main: Is PCI Better Than CABG?

October 2010: Should NPO Be the Rule Before Cath? Reexamining Pre-Procedure Routines

November 2010: The Different Presentations of Acute STEMI: What Problems Should the Cath Lab Look For?

December 2010: FAQ for FFR


January 2009: Conscious Sedation in the Cath Lab: Should we use what GI uses?

February 2009: Are Vascular Closure Devices Risk Factors For Retroperitoneal Hemorrhage?

March 2009: Do I Need to Wear a Hat and Mask in the Cath Lab?

April 2009: Biplane Coronary Angiography: An old dog with new tricks

May 2009: Stimulating Medical Simulation

June 2009: Do We Need Platelet Function Testing in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention?

July 2009: Radial Artery Catheterization: The way to go

August 2009: What is the SYNTAX Score and How Should We Use It?

September 2009: Cost-Effective Health Care and Research: FAME Fits

October 2009: Is the Hybrid Cath Lab the Way of the Future?

November 2009: Working With Industry Representatives and Conflicts of Interest in the Cath Lab

December 2009: Changing Behavior and Culture in the Cath Lab: Addressing Motivations and the ODNT (Old Dog/New Trick) Syndrome


January 2008: Your Patient Has Critical Left Main Stenosis. Do You Need an Intra-aortic Balloon Pump?

February 2008: What’s in a Label? Avoiding Medication Mistakes

March 2008: How long should it take to do a cardiac catheterization?

April 2008: New Ideas from Cardiac Cath Lab Staff

May 2008: Hemodynamic Data Collection at Square 1: From transducer to recorder

June 2008: Cath Lab Documentation: What should go into a cath report?

July 2008: Your Patient Can’t Talk After the Cath – What to Do With a Stroke in the Cath Lab

August 2008: What do you mean, you don’t have a 2.25 stent? Managing frustration with supplies in tight times.

September 2008: Do You Have a Weight Problem in the Cath Lab?

October 2008: When Is It Safe to Cath Someone on Coumadin?

November 2008: What’s Your Approach to New Technology? Early Adopter or Prisoner of Tribal Customs?

December 2008: Seven Questions for the Cath Lab From 2008 and the Studies That Answer Them


January 2007: What did the FDA say? Reviewing SAT and DES

February 2007: Coronary CT Angiography: A view from the cath lab

March 2007: Radiation Exposure in Cardiology Testing: How much is too much?

April 2007: Interested in Imaging and Hemodynamics? See what the SCAI has to offer.

May 2007: Does it take COURAGE to do PCI?

June 2007: Catheter-Induced Vasospasm: A constant confounder

July 2007: When is it safe to operate on your patient with a recently placed coronary stent?

August 2007: Is Left Ventriculography Obsolete?

September 2007: Is Crossing the Stenotic Aortic Valve Obsolete?

October 2007: Your Patient Has Low Platelets. Think About Bleeding Before and After Cath.

November 2007: Paradigm Shifting: Clinical analysis impact of measuring fractional flow reserve

December 2007: Which Devices are Safe for Magnetic Resonance Imaging?


February 2006 (1st column): Hot topics for 2006: Where to focus your attention

March 2006: Some Thoughts on Evaluating New Equipment and Devices in the Cardiac Cath Lab

April 2006: Contrast-Induced Nephropathy in the Cardiac Cath Lab

May 2006: Increase Efficiency in the Cath Lab — Improve Communication

June 2006: Push, Pull, Click, Stitch: Managing Femoral Punctures

July 2006: Conquering Chronic Total Coronary Occlusions: Penetrating the Frontier

August 2006: Is Seeing Believing?

September 2006: Door-to-Balloon Time (DTB) – Putting the Cath Lab’s Role in Perspective

October 2006: The Scope of Practice in the Cath Lab: Are there limits as to what cath lab staff should do?

November 2006: Attending a Cardiology Meeting? Which One and Why?

December 2006: The Year in Review and “Where to Next?” Interventional Cardiology 2007

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