MILWAUKEE (2/11/2010) - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Herma Heart Center will open the state's first and only pediatric hybrid catheterization lab Monday, Feb. 15. The hybrid cath lab will allow specialists to perform procedures that could require a combined catheter-based and surgical interventional approach – a capability that no other pediatric cath lab in the state has available.
Cardiac catheterization is used to find and then repair heart abnormalities. This new state-of-the-art cath lab allows staff to provide safe heart repairs for infants and children in the most minimally invasive manner available today.
"The hybrid cath lab enhances our commitment to providing the best and safest care for our patients," said Stuart Berger, MD, medical director, Cardiology, The Leigh Gabrielle Herma Chair for Cardiology, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; professor and chief, Pediatrics (Cardiology) at The Medical College of Wisconsin. "The lab combines a surgical room environment with advanced imaging technology."
The lab will move from its current home on the first floor of Children's Hospital to the third floor. This will place it within a few feet of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Surgery Department, making it easier and safer to transport a patient to his or her hospital room after the procedure.
The first patient will be seen in the hybrid cardiac cath lab Tuesday, Feb. 16.