Title Fast Facts for the Cath Lab Nurse
Author Brenda Kirkpatrick McCulloch
ISBN 9780826134622
List price USD 35.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 200
Book size 127 x 203 mm
Publishing year 2019
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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




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Chapter 1. The Cath Lab Environment

Chapter 2. Working in an X-Ray Environment

Chapter 3. About Contrast Media

Chapter 4. Procedural Patient Preparation

Chapter 5. Arterial Access

Chapter 6. Hemostasis and Vascular Closure Devices

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

Chapter 8. Right and Left Heart Catheterization

Chapter 9. Angiography

Chapter 10. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Chapter 11. Adjunctive Modalities

Chapter 12. Procedural Complications

Chapter 13. Peripheral Angiography and Intervention

Chapter 14. Structural Heart Procedures

Chapter 15. Emergency Care in the Cath Lab



About the Author:

Brenda Kirkpatrick McCulloch, RN, MSN, RCIS, has been a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, supporting the cardiovascular service line at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, California, for the past 15 years. Prior to this, she worked in the cath labs at Mercy General Hospital and the University of California-Davis Medical Center, both located in Sacramento. She received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco, her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, and her nursing diploma from the Burge School of Nursing in Springfield, Missouri.

Ms. McCulloch has published multiple articles related to cardiovascular nursing in AORN, Critical Care Nurse, AACN Advanced Critical Care, Critical Care Nursing Clinics, and Cath Lab Digest. She contributed three chapters to the third edition of Invasive Cardiology: A Manual for Cath Lab Personnel and was the cardiovascular nursing section editor for the second edition of Medical-Surgical Nursing, by Kathleen Osborn, Cheryl Wraa, Annita Watson, and Renee Holleran.

Ms. McCulloch is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and is a lifetime member of the Sacramento Area Chapter of AACN, having served as chapter president, seminar coordinator, and then newsletter editor for 20 years. She is also a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and was recognized as Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year in 2013.

Target Audience:

Useful for cath lab nurses with a background in cardiac care or intensive care.

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