Palmetto Health opens hybrid operating room with advanced X-ray imaging system

Posted on 12/9/2015

New operating room offers benefits to patients.

Palmetto Health is opening its Hybrid Operating Room (OR). The Hybrid OR is the integration of a surgical OR with an advanced X-ray imaging system. The Hybrid OR gives physicians the flexibility to finish different procedures — from open-heart surgeries to stenting coronary arteries — without moving between rooms or discharging patients. The new Hybrid OR offers numerous benefits to patients through additional capacity for surgeons, flexibility in the numbers of procedures that can be completed, enhanced patient safety in addition to time and cost savings.

“By incorporating the newest techniques in the rapidly advancing field of cardiovascular surgery, this Hybrid Operating Room demonstrates our commitment to continuing to bring the most modern care to the patients of the Midlands,” said J. Ryan Burke, M.D., cardiovascular surgeon with Palmetto Health Heart Hospital.

A major component of the Hybrid OR is the Siemens Artis Zeego-Q—Siemens’ most modern imaging system and the first and only of its kind in South Carolina. As the newest technology available, this system reduces radiation exposure for the operative team by 40 percent over the previous model. The system also provides high quality images for the operative team allowing better visualization.

Benefits of the Hybrid OR to patients include:

  • New capacity – The Hybrid OR gives the hospital additional capacity. Since it will be available in addition to cardiac catherization labs, there will be an opportunity to use it for operative procedures.
  • Flexibility – A Hybrid OR also gives surgeons the flexibility to finish different procedures — from open-heart surgeries to stenting coronary arteries — without moving between rooms or discharging patients.
  • Enhanced patient safety – Everything can occur in one room, emergencies or complications can be handled in one area without putting a patient's safety at risk.
  • Time and long-term cost savings – Patients will be able to have their surgery at one time instead of over a period of days. This is more cost efficient and convenient.

For more information about Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, visit PalmettoHealth.org/HeartHospital.

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