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Thursday, September 30 2010
Press release

Inauguration of Quebec’s first hybrid operating room for pediatric cardiac surgery

Montreal, September 30th, 2010 - Dr. Fabrice Brunet, executive director of the CHU Sainte-Justine, together with the directors of Opération Enfant Soleil and the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, proudly announced the inauguration of the hospital’s new Opération Enfant Soleil hybrid cardiac operating room. Thanks to engineering experts from Toshiba, patients will be able to undergo both cardiac catheterization and surgery simultaneously. “It is a sophisticated concept that is increasingly being implemented in high-tech operating facilities in order to treat extremely severe heart defects, and to reduce patient morbidity,” said Dr. Brunet. “This operating room will also pave the way for hybrid fetal surgery,” he added.

The many advantages of a hybrid operating room

This new room offers many advantages for patients, parents, health care workers and medical practitioners, some of which include imaging of exceptional quality and reduced radiation exposure (50% less radiation). It also provides improved patient safety because, as an integrated part of the operating suite, it must comply with standards relative to cardiac operating rooms. Surgeons can conduct hybrid procedures (cardiac catheterization and surgery in a single intervention). It can also be used by other specializations, such as neurology and orthopedics, which occasionally require radiology during surgery.

“Thanks to this ultra-modern operating room, which will feature the most advanced technology, the CHU Sainte-Justine will be the envy of every ultra-specialized hospital centre in the world,” said Dr. Joaquin Miró, cardiologist at the CHUSJ. “This room will also serve as a training centre for many doctors, residents and fellows from Quebec, Canada and abroad. In fact, visits to our hybrid operating room have already begun,” he added. Not only will this new operating room enable specialists to conduct highly complex hybrid surgical procedures, but it will also improve patient care (new treatment options); enhance the work environment; and provide access to better equipment in order to establish professional and teaching partnerships with other health care establishments.

Impact on the number of patients treated

In 2009, 270 patients were treated in the former catheterization room. In 2010, the number of cases will exceed 300 due to an increase in births. In 2011, the number of patients is expected to increase by about thirty. By 2012, the number of patients is expected to reach 375. These include patients who will require cardiac surgery, hybrid surgical interventions, catheterization, and electrophysiology procedures.

A high-performance videoconferencing system

All the monitors in the hybrid operating room are interconnected, and many video cameras have been hooked up to these monitors so that information can be transmitted in real time to anywhere within the CHUSJ, or to other establishments across Quebec, Canada and abroad. This system is designed to enhance teamwork, to enable peer-to-peer consultation, and to serve as an ultra-sophisticated teaching facility. The operating room will also enable the CHU Sainte-Justine’s renowned team of cardiac scientists to broadcast real-time procedures at international conferences. The CHU Sainte-Justine recently received such an invitation from PICS, the most important international conference on pediatric cardiac catheterization.

A project made possible thanks to generous donations from the public

Building this ultra-modern operating room was made possible thanks to the generous contributions of Opération Enfant Soleil ($3.5 million), the Minister of Health and Social Services ($2.2 million) - under the funding program for innovative technology), and the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, whose Young Leaders Circle fundraising events and Corus radiothon raised a total of $800,000.

The hybrid operating room is part of the CHU Sainte-Justine’s initiative to modernize its existing facilities and to build a new facility of specialized care units.

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