Live peripheral vascular procedure highlights latest technologies and
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Heart Hospital of Austin, Texas' award winning heart hospital, officially opened the expansion of its heart hospital today with the introduction of new operating and procedure rooms, and laboratories. The hospital is rated as the number one overall cardiac program in the State of Texas five years in a row according to HealthGrades, the nation's leading provider of independent hospital ratings. The project involves 4,200 square feet of space and allows the hospital to increase its procedure capacity by 30 percent. "We are honored to officially open the expansion of the Heart Hospital of Austin today," said David Laird, president and CEO of the Heart Hospital of Austin. "This project is an example of our commitment to quality. By introducing new technologies and leading-edge procedures, the Heart Hospital of Austin remains on the cutting edge of today's innovative cardiovascular care."
The Heart Hospital's expansion addresses the many aspects of heart and vascular disease, including Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a vascular disease affecting arteries outside of the heart and brain, with three new rooms: Austin's only combination Hybrid Operating Room and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, a new Peripheral Vascular Catheterization Laboratory, and a dedicated Electrophysiology Laboratory with a Stereotaxis magnetic navigation system.
Through new technology, such as high resolution cardiovascular imaging systems, physicians are better able to see and perform intricate procedures offering patients higher quality and less invasive treatment. Sophisticated high-definition robotic cameras installed in the rooms make live broadcasting possible for education and conferencing to physicians across the U.S. The rooms also include advanced environmental features to reduce infection rates. The new hybrid operating and electrophysiology rooms alone will increase the Heart Hospital of Austin's capacity by more than 1,000 patients annually.
The hospital serves as a primary site for the nationally recognized research efforts of Austin Heart, the cardiology group based at the hospital. As one of the largest private practice clinical research programs in the nation, various types of research are conducted involving new drugs, devices, and new indications for existing therapies. The expansion of the facility and technology further the mission of the research.
To highlight some of the new technologies, two procedures were
broadcast today via the new video equipment permanently installed in the
rooms. Dr. Roger Gammon, cardiologist with Austin Heart, performed a live
vascular procedure and Dr. Stephen Settle, vascular surgeon with
Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, walked participants through a taped
endovascular (minimally invasive) aneurysm repair for an Abdominal Aortic
Heart Hospital of Austin
Austin's First Hybrid Operating Room
-- Austin's only combination Hybrid Operating Room and Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory larger in size than traditional operating
rooms and incorporating catheterization laboratory-quality equipment.
-- Handles more complex and high-risk procedures such as an endovascular
aneurysm repair for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
-- Room allows for an endovascular, less invasive procedure and can change
quickly into an operating suite during a procedure if open surgery is
-- Philips FD-20 High-Resolution Cardiovascular System. Ceiling mounted,
the imaging system provides unrestricted access to patient and full-
body x-ray coverage. Images displayed immediately on a multi-monitor
system for the physicians' reference. New technology also improves the
resolution and clarity of the image.
-- Zoom-in capability on a patient's specific blockage or smaller blood
vessel to receive more accurate picture of problem.
-- Safer for patients because it photographs more of the body and requires
less radiation and imaging contrast than other modalities.
New Electrophysiology Laboratory
-- Electrophysiology features new Stereotaxis equipment and technology.
-- Includes a sophisticated magnetic guided catheter system which allows
for less invasive procedures. Externally applied, computer controlled
magnetic fields guide delivery of catheters and guidewires through the
blood vessels and chambers of the heart to treatment sites. The
magnetic fields govern the motion of the tip of the device resulting in
improved navigation for delivery of therapy, improved safety, shorter
procedure times, and reduced x-ray exposure to patients and medical
-- The Electrophysiology Laboratory is also equipped with traditional
angiography and interventional equipment for coronary and peripheral
New Peripheral Vascular Catheterization Laboratory
-- Combination catheterization laboratory designed primarily for
peripheral vascular cases, but also accommodates interventions related
to the heart.
-- Larger in size than the other catheterization laboratories.
-- Room comfortably facilitates advanced clinical research cases requiring
additional equipment or staffing.
Robotic High-Definition Cameras
-- Integrated robotic high-definition cameras and full-duplex
communications in operating and procedure rooms for nation-wide
-- Given the Heart Hospital of Austin is one of the first in the country
to implement new technologies, it is important to have the capability
to broadcast advanced techniques and procedures, clinical studies and
cardiac research to physicians from other hospitals.
-- Provides capability to perform an operation or procedure and distribute
it live (in real time) to classrooms, hospitals, or facilities anywhere
in the world via integrated satellite uplink system.
Latest Environmental Controls
-- Latest environmental controls supply exceptional air quality to the
rooms by utilizing multiple filtration systems, resulting in the air
being 99.7 percent pure.
-- Rooms receive 30 air changes per hour (compared to the required
standard of 20 air changes per hour), exceeding state and federal
government requirements by 50 percent.
-- Temperature levels can be optimized for procedures.
-- Reduces chance of procedure-related infections.
-- Establishes higher standard of patient care.
About Heart Hospital of Austin
The uniquely designed 58-bed hospital offers a full range of cardiac services and includes a 24-hour full service emergency center. Heart Hospital of Austin provides comprehensive physician-directed and patient-centered care resulting in excellent patient outcomes and satisfaction ratings. The hospital resulted from the shared vision of Austin Heart Cardiologists and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons Group of Austin (CTVS). Working with hospital leadership, the groups created an atmosphere of quality resulting in the #1 ranked heart program in Texas, five years in a row. More information can be found at http://www.hearthospitalofaustin.com.
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