Imagine a heart patient undergoing a routine procedure in a small lab to treat their chest pain. Due to unexpected complications, the patient needs to be rushed to an OR where emergency open-heart surgery is performed, but potential delays in transferring the patient could mean the difference between life and death. That’s why a new environment that combines these two spaces in one unit is essential.
Hybrid ORs are equipped with sophisticated imaging devices, often using what’s called a C-arm which intensifies the output of x-rays, giving even better views to navigate the heart. As the name suggests, Hybrid ORs are also furnished with all the necessary life-saving measures one would find in an operating room.
It’s the ideal setting for high-risk minimally invasive procedures that require complex imaging and may necessitate transitioning to open surgery within minutes. This improves patient care by increasing efficiencies and saving time and health care costs. Most importantly, it minimizes risk to the patient.