A cardiac cath lab nurse is a nurse who specializes in operations that require the insertion of a catheter into a patient’s heart or major vessel.
Cardiac cath lab nurses also assist with other medical procedures involving heart operations such as patients who are dealing with heart disease or cardiovascular issues.
These nurses assist doctors and physicians that perform heart operations and use catheters and diagnostic imagining technology to check the health of a patient’s heart in order to determine whether or not a patient requires surgery or specialized medical care for their condition.
This technology allows doctors and physicians to identify the cause of a patient’s heart condition and decide on the best way to proceed with curing the patient and/or removing the issue causing the patients heart/cardiovascular problems.
In addition to performing heart operations cardiac cath lab nurses also check patient medical records, go over medical procedures with the patient and address any questions or concerns the patient may have, prep the operating room and medical equipment, administer medications pre and post surgery, sedate patients to prepare them for operations and various other cath lab duties.
During operations cardiac cath lab nurses assist doctors and physicians with inserting catheters, opening arteries with balloon pumps, inserting stints, monitoring vital signs and assisting with inserting implants such as ICDs (defibrillator) and pacemakers.
Because operations involving the heart are often complex and risky cardiac cath lab nurses are highly trained and specialized in their field, often having many years of training in their profession along with post-graduate education before they are allowed to work as a cardiac cath lab nurse.
In almost all cases these nurses work with a team of other medical professionals who help ensure that the patient receives the best medical care possible before, during and after their operation.
These nurses may be found working in various medical settings that require medical care for patients dealing with heart complications such as the emergency room, transplant room, ICU, operating room and a number of other fields related to heart surgery or care.