Cardiac Catheterization : An Invasive Diagnostic Procedure Essay

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On Tuesday, October 4th, I spent the day at The Miriam Hospital cardiac catheterization laboratory. Cardiac catheterization is an invasive On Tuesday, October 4th, I spent the day at The Miriam Hospital cardiac catheterization laboratory. Cardiac catheterization is an invasive diagnostic procedure that uses imaging equipment to identify if a patient has disease of the heart muscles, valves or coronary arteries (Smeltzer, 2011). Upon arriving at 0720 the nurse manager greeted me and the other student, and gave us a quick tour of the control area and examination room. We were informed about the safety precautions used to protect ourselves from imaging equipment and the patient 's from infection and were instructed to wear a lead apron, surgical cap and mask. By this time the first patient had already arrived and had begun being prepped for an endovascular repair of the iliac artery. The first patient was a 67 year old male who had complaints of weakness and muscle pain in his right leg, especially when walking. The purpose of the endovascular repair was to assess the extent of atherosclerosis in the iliac artery and application of a stent to help treat the narrowed vessel and improve circulation. There were two nurses, a doctor, a surgical tech and a cardiac technician, who monitored the computers, present during this case. The nurse was accountable for the IV lines the patient had in place for administration of sedatives (FentaNYL and Versed), fluids, heparin, and other…

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