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(L-R): Sarah Bell, RN, BSN, Stacey Osborne, RCIS, Scott Sushil, RCIS, Francis Boucek, MD, Louis Amen, RCIS, Petra Gahr, RCIS, Stephen Cooke, BSN, RN, RCIS
NCH Does Your Heart Good NCH Catheterization Lab Renovation Project Completed
W ith the recent completion of renovations to the NCH Heart Institute’s Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Lab at the NCH Baker Hospital Downtown campus, patients will now enjoy a smoother, more efficient visit, with the centralization of all procedural services. “A major goal of the renovations was to optimize patient safety and efficiency in our procedural areas and increase the amount of time for eye contact between doctor and patient,” said Stephen Cooke, BSN, RN, RCIS, NCH Director, Interventional Cardiology. Some additional renovation project goals included minimizing radiation exposure, making patient transfer and movement in the lab easier, reducing nursing steps during procedures, standardizing room layouts for continuity and ease of material utilization, minimizing built-in cabinetry and installing Pyxis medication dispensers.
Weekly construction meetings were held with a selected Cath Lab team that coordinated with vendors to exchange practical advice regarding the needs and vision for design and layout. “Lean management engineers helped us realize our goals,” said Cooke. “We constructed a full-size cardboard model in the auditorium that had moveable walls and parts so that they could ultimately be built exactly as the Cath lab team wanted. It was important to look at all aspects to see what was needed to create the best room layouts, and as a result of all the teamwork and planning, it all came together.” Cooke reports that now, in the newly renovated environment and with the improved equipment and layout, the staff has successfully trimmed 16 minutes from each patient’s case time – a remarkable feat.
“We now have a more efficient system, having centralized all procedural services,” said Cooke. “We have a dedicated post-angioplasty nursing unit that is unique to NCH, and our one-stop, full-service Cath Lab provides a range of services, including comprehensive diagnostic and interventional procedures.”
Because the building was constructed in 1954, there were many renovation challenges to consider, such as the placement of existing power lines, abatements and other electrical issues.
NCH Heart Institute and Cath Lab offers Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
Services such as: 24/7 Code-Save-A-Heart Electrophysiology Studies in patient arrhythmia Complex ablations Vascular procedures with vascular surgeons
Procedures such as: Stenting Angioplasty Intravascular ultrasound
For more information about NCH Cardiac Services, contact Stephen Cooke at (239) 624-2545. For more information about the NCH Heart Institute, call (239) 624-4200.
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