Innovative, multimedia, comfortable and secure. The new room revolves hospital hospitalization, opening a new approach philosophy to the cardiopathic patient
When due to one or more narrow arteries the blood supply to the coronary arteries is insufficient to ensure the proper functioning of the heart, cardiologists opt for, if possible, non-surgical intervention known as coronary angioplasty. By introducing a catheter through a peripheral artery (traditionally the femoral artery, which is accessed through a small groin cut), physicians are able to reach the heart and dilate the occluded artery by means of a special balloon, restoring So the normal flow of blood. Generally, to stabilize the result of the dilation, the intervention ends by introducing through the same catheter a microscopic tubular metal mesh called “stent” which once positioned prevents stenosis.
However, in recent years, a new coronary intervention approach called “radial” has been made. It differs from the access point from which the catheter is inserted for coronary dilation, which instead of the groin is introduced at the wrist level. The advantages of this approach in non-complex cases are many. Recent scientific literature has shown that wound healing at the access point is less frequent as well as clinical complications, with evident gain of patient comfort in the hospitalization phase immediately following surgery, a phase that can thus also shorten several hours.
Considering the potential and the advantages offered by the radial approach, Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino has chosen to create a space called “Radial Lounge” specifically dedicated to patients undergoing this particular type of intervention. This facility replaces the traditional hospitality room, welcoming the patient in an innovative, modern and multimedia environment.
The goal is to decrease the stress load experienced by the patient during his brief stay, a goal that is reached by first eliminating the bed, which is replaced by comfortable relaxation armchairs with numerous comforts (TV, internet, Newspapers, bar service, etc.).
This space, where the privacy of patients is still guaranteed thanks to special bulkheads that make each of the six locations a “niche” in its own right, also offers a small sitting room available to those who would like to interact with other patients, favoring an atmosphere relaxed and convivial.
The essential element of the whole project, however, is the patient’s safety that, while free to move in the Lounge, is constantly monitored by a telemetry system that allows traceability of all clinical parameters. Each armchair is also equipped with all the medical supplies needed in an emergency.