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Kaitlyn Dmyterko
 - David C. Huneycutt, Jr., MD
In February 2012, the 117-bed TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center in Nashville, Tenn., started considering ways to expand its success as a STEMI-referral site. The center turned to AirStrip Cardiology to put access to real-time EKG data in the palm of the physicians’ hands. Physicians can now view EKG data via iPad or iPhone before the patient even reaches the hospital. Sponsored by an educational grant from AirStrip.
 - Contrast agents
With the help of barcoding and radiofrequency identification technologies, managing contrast media agents may be a less daunting task.
 - TAVI - Minneapolis Heart
In a real-world setting, many administrators struggle to balance pinching pennies and delivering care. As hospital reimbursement dwindles and innovation blossoms, hospital staff must find creative ways to save a buck without skimping on care. Staff members from three hospitals share their solutions ranging from data dissemination to innovation to physician engagement.
 - Chicago
Partnering was a key theme at MedAxioms Cardiovascular Service Line Management Symposium in Chicago. Heres a look at some presentations.
When emergency medical services (EMS) notifies the hospital of a potential stroke patient before the patient reaches its doors, outcomes improve, according to a study published online July 10 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Administering the adenosine-regulating agent acadesine to intermediate- and high-risk patients undergoing CABG did not reduce their risk of all-cause mortality, stroke or left ventricular dysfunction, according to the results of the RED-CABG trial published July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
As innovation within the healthcare industry booms, costs continue to soar. Physicians must now be asking themselves: how can we break that cycle? A study published online July 9 in the Archives of Internal Medicine offered a solution when it looked at how reducing drug-eluting stent (DES) use could lead to lower U.S. healthcare costs. In fact, researchers estimated that reducing DES use by 50 percent in low-risk patients could lower U.S. healthcare costs by $205 million per year.
Developing delirium post-CABG can lead to a decreased cognitive function in patients and a prolonged period of impairment after hospital discharge, according to a study published July 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers said that delirium patients could benefit from further intervention and customized rehabilitation after hospital discharge.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) pleaded guilty to a count of failing to report safety data surrounding its diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) as part of a fraud investigation that includes a $3 billion settlement.
Patients who refuse blood transfusions after undergoing cardiac surgery are not at an increased risk for surgical complications or death, a study published online July 2 in Archives of Internal Medicine found.