Cardiac Cath Lab

Description of Unit

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab (Cath Lab) includes three procedure suites, located on the 2nd floor above the Atrium. The Cath Lab shares a ten bed observation unit and a waiting room with the Electrophysiology Lab. The Cath Lab is dedicated to invasive cardiovascular diagnosis and intervention for inpatient and outpatient adult and pediatric population. Hours of operation are 7am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, with 24 hour emergency on-call services.

Description of Patient Populations

Cath procedures are performed on adult and pediatric patients from all acuity levels. Patients arrive in the Cath Lab from various locations. These include but are not limited to: home, hospital to hospital, emergency department, clinics, inpatient units and intensive care units.

Common diagnoses of patients receiving care in the Cath Lab include myocardial infarction, coronary artery disease, valvular disease, peripheral vascular disease, cardiomyopathy, post heart transplant, structural heart and congenital defects. 

Nursing Care

Nursing care is focused on patient care pre, intra and post procedure as well as patient/family education and support. Routine duties include but are not limited to medication administration, hemodynamic and respiratory management and administration and monitoring of moderate sedation.

Health Care Team

The Cath Lab medical director is board-certified in his/her respective area. Procedural care is provided by an attending cardiologist, a cardiac fellow, RNs, CVTs and PCAs. Multidisciplinary, comprehensive care of patients and families is provided by medicine, nursing, social work services, case management, pastoral care, food & nutritional services, pharmacy, rehab services, cardiopulmonary services, and other health care providers as indicated by the patient’s health status and identified needs.

Nursing management for the unit includes an RN Clinical Coordinator and the RN Director of Cardiovascular Services. The Cath Lab is under the umbrella of the Operations Division with nursing oversight from the CNO. Staff educational requirements are defined by the unit/role specific job descriptions and departmental education plan.

Basic requirements for RN staff include current Florida RN licensure, current ACLS, current PALS.

Basic requirements for CVT staff include completion of an approved allied health program, completion of a national registry by NSCPT before second year of employment, current ACLS, current PEARS.

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