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What is the difference between a cath lab and an operating room?

Operating rooms are typically used for open procedures requiring an incision whereas most procedures performed in a cath lab require only a needle stick to feed the catheter through an artery or vein. The only exception is with pacemaker placement which does require a small incision to place the device. The same sterile techniques are used in the cath lab to ensure patient safety.

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