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When a specialized surgical room at Kingston General Hospital known as the “ACT suite” first opened in 2007, it was a state-of-the-art operating room that was the envy of many hospitals across Canada. It featured the latest technology of the day.
Today, the suite is used for many innovative procedures, but technology is evolving so quickly, the footprint of the suite is becoming more confined. One of the innovative procedures conducted in the room today is a minimally-invasive heart valve replacement called TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation). Heart valve replacements routinely involve open heart surgery. With TAVI, patients who cannot have open heart surgery may still benefit, as this procedure involves transplanting the valve through an artery in the leg, carefully threading the valve to the heart. During the operation, high-resolution X-ray imaging is used to help guide the catheter. It’s a procedure that involves a team of nurses and doctors from a variety of disciplines, including interventional cardiology, cardiac surgery and anesthesiology. At any given time, there may be more than a dozen people in the room.
Cutting-edge endovascular surgeries are also taking place in the suite, providing patients from across southeastern Ontario with some of the best care available. But the current layout of the room and the fixed nature of the operating room table create significant barriers to the best surgical care.
At present, the room cannot be used for intraoperative imaging for neurosurgery because the current bed does not fit the needed head frames. “[We need] to change out the operating table, so that it is conducive to performing a variety of procedures,” says Operating Room Manager Laurie Thomas, of the plans to transform the suite once again into a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room. A high shutter speed imaging system also needs to be upgraded. “Instead of having this room sit idle and not being able to use it to its full potential, we want to ensure everything is there in the future so we can provide outstanding care for patients within our community.”