The responsibility for the administration of intravenous (IV) drugs in the EP lab lies with the nurse, under the direction of the physician. Because IV medications are delivered directly into the bloodstream, their administration requires more knowledge and greater precautions than other methods of drug administration.
First of all, the proper monitoring must be determined with a specific individual dedicated to monitoring the patient during sedation and analgesia. When moderate sedation is planned, an individual with advanced cardiac life support skills (plus certified and experienced in sedation) must be immediately available.
The electrophysiology team is made up of a diverse group of individuals who work together to perform a single service: arrhythmia management.
The future of electrophysiology is extremely exciting and always evolving. The results of primary prevention implantable defibrillator trials led to tremendous growth in the field. However, more recently there has been an increase in regulatory oversight related to appropriate device implantation.