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Basics of the Cath Lab: Resources for CVPs, Fellows, and the Cath Curious
Course Overview
This course is for heart team members who are new to the cardiac cath lab. You will find accessible content that you can use right away in your role caring for patients in the CCL. The course includes quizzes so that you can be confident you understood the information. 

For those in medical training who are cath curious, you'll be introduced to key components of operating in a cath lab.
Program Outline

1. Introduction to Cath Lab

2. Pre-Procedure Patient Prep 
Common Medications in the Cath Lab

3. Intro to Coronary Angiography 
Diagnostic Catheter Overview, Common Catheters, and French Sizes
Review of Common Views for Native Coronaries
Radiation Safety

4. Intro to Hemodynamics 
Right Heart Cath Tracings
Avoid Common Errors in Aortic and LV Pressure Tracings

5. Intro to Coronary PCI
What Is a PCI?
Anticoagulation
Guiding Catheters
Introduction to Coronary Wires  
Introduction to Balloons and Stents 

6. Post-Procedure Patient Care  
Radial Hemostasis Band Management 
Femoral Access Site Management
Manual Compression
Post Vascular Closure Device Use

7. Common Complications 
Radial Hematoma
Femoral Hematoma
PCI Complications

 

Learning Objectives
At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. List appropriate reasons for a patient to be referred to the cardiac cath lab.
  2. Describe how to prepare patient for percutaneous coronary intervention
  3. Distinguish typical and atypical hemodynamic readings on ECHO.
  4. Compare radial and femoral hemostasis techniques
Authors

Chalak Berzingi, MD, FSCAI
Joanna Cannon, RCIS
Ashley D'armiento, BSN, CVRN-BC, ACNP, MSN-c

Tiffany Espinoza, RN, BSN​ 
Kiersten Frenchu, MD 
Janet Friant, APN
Nathan Hall, MD, FSCAI
Rajiv Jauhar, MD, FSCAI 
Tara L. Jones, MD, PharmD, FSCAI 

Saurabh Joshi, MD, FSCAI
Rohan Kalathiya, MD, FSCAI 
Sahil Khera, MD, FSCAI

Brian O’Murchu, MD
Louai Razzouk, MD, FSCAI
Michael Templehof, MD, MBA, MSc, FSCAI
Aviral Vij, MD, FSCAI 

Ryan M. Zewatsky, RTR(VI)(RCIS)
Acknowledgment of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Abbott, Medtronic, Merit Medical, Shockwave Medical, and W.L. Gore & Associates.
Accredited Continuing Education Information

Accreditation Statement
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) is accredited by the 
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

​Credit Designation
SCAI designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful Completion
Watch the content, pass the post-test, and complete the evaluation to obtain credit.

Copyright
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Summary
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Dec 19, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
2.5 CME Credits
2.5 Participation Credits
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