Chapter 33: Members of the EP Team

The electrophysiology team is made up of a diverse group of individuals who work together to perform a single service: arrhythmia management. This group consists of administrators, transporters/ orderlies, nurses, practitioners (physician assistants/nurse practitioners), vendors (selling catheters and other devices), technicians (radiologic technologists, EP technicians), secretaries, physicians (electrophysiologists, cardiologists, surgeons, and anesthesiologists), physicians-in-training, and other students. All these individuals must integrate into the facility in which they operate, regardless of whether the facility is an in-hospital institution (as most EP centers are) or a freestanding facility.

A hierarchy among the EP team is important to ensure continuity of care. Besides the team members, many other individuals contribute to the success of the EP center. The hospital administration must believe in and be committed to the service in order to provide the adequate space, facility, and equipment. Substantial capital is necessary to equip and maintain such an EP laboratory, which requires continuously updated disposable and implantable equipment. A commitment to the overall success of the program means that the facility, the staff, and the volume of equipment must grow commensurate with the growth of the program.

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