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Henry Ford Allegiance Health opens advanced hybrid operating room

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | October 16, 2020
Cardiology Operating Room
Henry Ford Health Allegiance has opened an advanced hybrid operating room that combines elements of cardiac cath labs and open-heart surgery rooms
Henry Ford Allegiance Health has opened an advanced hybrid operating room that combines imaging equipment found in a cardiac catheterization lab and specialized features native to an operating room designated for open-heart surgery.

The combination of these resources is expected to create an environment that offers real-time guidance during procedures and enables clinicians to switch from a minimally invasive cardiac operation to open-heart surgery without having to transport the patient to another room.

“The hybrid operating room includes low-dose X-ray imaging, CT abilities, advanced ultrasound modalities, Fractional Flow Reserve, and multidisciplinary interfaces to allow for the seamless integration of future technology,” Susan Wilkinson, a communications specialist for Henry Ford Allegiance Health, told HCB News. “The advanced technology will provide higher quality and safety by bringing all aspects and back-up scenarios of a patient’s care into one place for greater efficiency and expediency.”

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Patients needing a conversion from a minimally invasive cardiac procedure to open-heart surgery had to be transported in the past to an operating room. The elimination of transport can be lifesaving according to the hospital.

The hybrid operating room enables clinical teams and approaches to change when a patient undergoing minimally invasive procedure suddenly needs to undergo open-heart surgery. It also can be used to perform minimally invasive procedures for diseases of the heart’s valves, muscles and walls, including heart valve replacement and repair; and can be used for complex, minimally invasive vascular operations, such as to accommodate repairs to aortic aneurysms and repairs and stenting of blocked carotid arteries.

To prepare for development of the room, Henry Ford Allegiance Health interventional cardiologists studied with experts from Henry Ford’s Center for Structural Heart Disease for nearly two years.

“Hybrid operating rooms are an essential investment for the future,” said Wilkinson. “Hospitals offering minimally invasive services, such as structural heart programs to treat conditions caused by defects or abnormalities of heart’s valves, walls or muscle — without the need for open-heart surgery — are best served to have a hybrid operating room.”

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