To better serve its heart patients, Children's Hospital & Medical Center has converted its existing heart catheterization lab into a hybrid surgical suite equipped for heart catheterization procedures, as well as an operating room designed to full operating room standards and capabilities. This is one of the few hybrid cardiac catheterization labs in the country specifically built in a pediatric setting.
This state-of-the-art catheterization lab combines the sophisticated technology required for cardiac catheterizations with the most advanced surgical equipment to allow physicians to perform both cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery procedures individually or simultaneously in the same surgical suite without moving the patient. In some cases, the need for combined surgical intervention during catheterization is planned. In other cases, the need for surgery is not discovered until during the catheterization procedure.
This hybrid catheterization lab allows teams of clinicians that specialize in catheterizations, interventional cardiology and surgery to work side-by-side in the same suite without ever moving the patient. This provides less risk to the patient, improved outcomes and shortened procedure times. The sophisticated yet intelligently planned hybrid room design allows clinicians and staff to convert the room from a cardiac catheterization procedure to a cardiac surgery procedure in a matter of minutes.
The new, state-of-the art Hybrid Pediatric Cath Lab is designed with advanced equipment technologies from SKYTRON including ceiling mounted surgical lights, surgical monitors, and anesthesia gas columns. The combination of this infrastructure equipment in the Hybrid Suite increases patient safety as it enables the medical team to transition swiftly into surgical mode without having to move the patient and without having to wait for a surgical suite to become available. The fully digital, bi-plane, flat-screen technology in the new catheterization lab provides a high-definition image of the patient's heart, enhancing both diagnostic and interventional outcomes. This imaging technology equipment, including the bi-plane c-arm and imaging table, is provided my Toshiba Medical Systems.
The new hybrid lab opened October 10, 2011. With its opening, Children's became one of only two hospitals in the country with the technology, specialists and intensive care backup needed to do these hybrid surgeries on the tiniest of hearts.