” Proper collaboration and teamwork among cardiothoracic surgeon and anesthesiologist, cardiologist, perfusionist, technician and nurses are very much essential for a successful functioning of a hybrid operating room.”
Author / Editor:
Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂
Unexpectedly as it was ordered “STAT” (from the Latin word STATIM = immediately), the Heart Lung Machine was en route to the other side of the Operating Theater.
The Hybrid Operating Room is the current and future technology for cardiovascular techniques and approach. The room is designed for a sophisticated workflow, integrating interventional and surgical techniques which demands a totally new environment for an interdisciplinary cardiovascular team.
Abruptly, for the very first time, we entered in to a new zone unprepared, but with situations like this, it doesn’t need a long time adaptation period. Initiative and resourcefulness should dominate the perfusionist’s mind in figuring out equipment requirements and working positions along with other team members.
This surgical emergency case was not that complex as we are about to remove the dislodged device after closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus of a 15- month old child, which in a large scale of census might only occur in 3 out of 209 number of cases or 1.4%. But these are events which are already beyond our control and the bottom line is, the cornerstones of this hybrid facility was able to prove that proper collaboration and teamwork among cardiothoracic surgeon and anesthesiologist, cardiologist, perfusionist, technician and nurses are very much essential for a successful functioning of a hybrid operating room.
As the pressured momentum subsided, HLM was running smoothly and the surgery was uneventful, normal activity took place in our Prefrontal cortex (PFC), front half part of the brain, which triggered us to release our emotional stresses positively:)