News | Hybrid OR | October 02, 2020

Intelligent Hybrid Operating Room Help Redefine Cardiac Care at London Health Sciences Centre

The new cardiac hybrid operating room (OR) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario, Canada, represents a new frontier in cardiac surgery. The customized OR features a Siemens Artis Pheno angiogray system with  3-D imaging capability with an integrated OR table that together improve workflow, increase efficiency and ensure a high-level of infection control.

The new cardiac hybrid operating room (OR) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario, Canada, represents a new frontier in cardiac surgery. The customized OR features a Siemens Artis Pheno angiogray system with  3-D imaging capability with an integrated OR table that together improve workflow, increase efficiency and ensure a high-level of infection control.


October 2, 2020 — The new cardiac hybrid operating room (OR) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario, Canada, represents a new frontier in cardiac surgery. The customized OR features a 3-D imaging system with an integrated OR table that together improve workflow, increase efficiency and ensure a high-level of infection control.

Hybrid ORs are comprised of a suite of digitally connected technologies that can accommodate several surgical techniques, interventional techniques and diagnostics in one room at the same time. It is designed to support the workflow of an entire team of surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and technicians. The rooms allow flexibility for use as a cath lab for minimally invasive procedures, but can be used for open heart procedures as well. Often there is a need for a combination of open and interventional techniques An example of this is with transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), where a surgical opening in the chest might be needed for transapical access TAVR procedures.

"Our Hybrid OR is patient-focused. Both systems integrate together well providing a seamless and efficient experience for the patient and entire cardiovascular team," said Michael Chu, M.D., chair/chief of cardiac surgery and the head of minimally invasive cardiac surgery at LHSC. "We have the largest minimally invasive cardiac program in Canada and access to this Hybrid OR really allows us to advance the future of minimally invasive and hybrid operations that we have pioneered here in London. We are able to deliver innovative, world class care that has transformed our field and patient expectations here in London and across Canada."

The Hybrid OR can accommodate current health care trends and challenges, ranging from an aging population with multiple health conditions to patients who are clinically obese and need proper support during surgical procedures.

The heart of the Hybrid OR is the Siemens Healthineers Artis Pheno C-arm and fully integrated Hillrom TruSystem 7500 hybrid OR table. Working in collaboration, the system provides the surgical team with the most accurate data and flexible equipment for an optimal patient outcome.

The Siemens Healthineers Artis Pheno C-arm allows for image-guided surgery, providing a 3-D image of the patient without interfering with the team's workflow. The floor mounted C-arm also maintains a small footprint in the operating room, while making a big impact on patient outcomes with the most accurate data available to the surgeon before, during and after surgery.

Connected digitally to the C-arm, the Hillrom TruSystem 7500 hybrid OR table provides precise patient positioning at every point during a surgical procedure. Able to handle up to 500 pounds (225 kilograms), the TruSystem OR Table is designed to accommodate intra-operative imaging and imaging equipment that can scan through the bed, allowing for a 3-D image of the patient.

"Hillrom Canada is a leader in operating room table technology and Siemens Healthineers is a leader in imaging technology," said Michael Hamilton, vice-president and general manager of Hillrom Canada. "So, when we're able to put these technologies together, and they work in concert, it really allows the surgeons to operate at their best. It's an exciting opportunity to push the frontiers of medicine and redefine cardiac care in Canada."

For more information: www.siemens-healthineers.com

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