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ROBOTICS: Use in interventional cardiology procedures

…contemporary robot-assisted PCI systems improve operator safety by reducing ionizing radiation exposure and can improve procedural quality and outcomes by offering better accuracy accuracy in stent selection.”

The use of surgical robots for interventional cardiology procedures in the United States is discussed in this review prepared by physicians at the Mayo Clinic.  There is one manufacturer – Corindus Vascular Robotics – and two models.  The equipment is designed to help overcome a significant problem faced by interventional cardiologists, which is exposure to radiation and the need to wear leaded protective garments during procedures.  However, there are barriers which have slowed the adoption of this technology, such as a lack of randomized clinical trials and the price tag for the equipment.

Source: Maor, E., and others. (2017, July). Current and future use of robotic devices to perform percutaneous coronary interventions: A review. Journal of the American Heart Association. 6(7).  Click here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5586317/pdf/JAH3-6-e006239.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5586317/pdf/JAH3-6-e006239.pdf

BENCHMARKS: Vascular procedure utilization

There is opportunity in 2015 for developing or coordinating vascular services, according to the author, an exec with the consulting firm Corazon.  These services are often fragmented and can be characterized as part of turf wars between interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, and interventional cardiologists.  Reasons why planners should take a look at the vascular service line are reviewed.  I especially like this one planning benchmark given:

  • “…current utilization of vascular procedures is at a ratio of 1.2 : 1 when compared to cardiac procedures.”

Source: Fuller, D. (2015, July). Does vascular remain an untapped market? Cath Lab Digest, 23(7). Retrieved from http://www.cathlabdigest.com/print/25436 Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org