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Nebraska Heart Institute unveils hybrid operating suite

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By: Brittany Paris

The Nebraska Heart Institute's cardiac program has been named the number one program in Nebraska. Now, they have a new room that will only further benefit heart patients.

The new Cardiac Hybrid Operating Suite combines the sterile environment of an operating room with the imaging of a traditional catheterization lab.

"One of the biggest benefits is it allows us to provide a number of therapies to the patient at one time," Jim Wudel, Surgeon at Nebraska Heart Institute, said. "The patient does not need to be moved to any different part of the hospital."

The room is equipped with numerous cameras, allowing physicians standing at any angle to see the patient. And the main monitor in the room can show up to 16 different views.

The lights are stocked with cameras as well and are mobile.

And up to 15 people can be around the operating table, according to physicians, combining everyone's skills and opinions.

"Plans change in the middle of the procedure," Steve Martin, Cardiologist, said. "You may decide you want to do something surgically and something less invasively. You have the ability to do hybrid procedures in this kind of room that you just don't have with a standard operating room or a standard cath lab."

The Hybrid Suite is the only one like it in the state, and only a few exist in the U.S.

Physicians from Germany, Italy, and South Africa traveled to the Nebraska Heart Institute to observe and learn.

But Cardiac Anesthesiologist, Joe Petty, said the room is really about helping people.

"You go into medicine because you want to help take care of patients," Petty said. "I have a high degree of satisfaction at the end of the day when I've taken car of patients and done something for them. That is life altering." 

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