New job in cardiac catheterisation unit!

  1. Hey all,

    I just got a position in a cardiac catheterisation unit. I have had some experience in cardiac wards before, but not in surgery (only on surgical wards).

    Can anyone tell me what I should "scrub up on" before I start my job in 3 weeks? What did you find would have been useful/important to you to know, if you have worked there before, or what do you think would be useful?

    I've already got ECG and cardiac drugs down pat.

    Any tips would be appreciated too!

    Thanks for your help.
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    Registered Nurse; from AU
    Specialty: 11 year(s) of experience in Cath lab, acute, community


  3. by   Sw88tpea
    I would youtube some videos about cardiac catheterizations and what the doc looks at. Types of stenting, manufacturers. Look into electrolytes and kidney function-most of what I deal with after someone has a cath.
  4. by   Mopples
    Your in Australia aren't you? If you don't mind me asking, which hospital? Pm if you like.
  5. by   VeniceMaylea
    There are 2 places to be in the Cath lab, one is inside the procedure room and the other is pre and post care.

    Which one will you at?!
  6. by   canned_bread
    I will be both in procedure room and pre and post care! I assume they will rotate
  7. by   Bwise3487
    The book invasive Cardiology a manual for cath lab personnel is a great source and it is written by RN's. It comes with CEU of 32 and two booklets to turn in your answers to questions throughout the book. I too am new to a cardiac cath lab and found this very helpful. Also joing Cathlab digest for free and this is very helpful.