Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
March 2007, Volume 30 Number 1 , p 12 - 19
The catheterization laboratory is no longer limited to coronary arterial interventions. Physicians have been striving to make more interventions less invasive that now can include carotid, renal, and peripheral arterial stenting, as well as less invasive repair of atrial septal abnormalities. Even cardiac assist devices can be implanted percutaneously to bridge a critically ill patient to other modes of treatment. This article will give a brief overview of each intervention and identify important nursing care.