The Heart Health program administers to all cardiac needs, with the exception of heart transplants, such as open-heart surgeries, angiograms, angioplasties, cardiac device insertions and electrophysiology procedures. Every year, over 200,000 Vancouver Island residents undergo cardiac assessment and more than 6,300 cardiac procedures. Royal Jubilee is Vancouver Island’s referral centre for cardiac care. Our Heart Health program oversees 3,500 inpatient cases annually, with half from outside Greater Victoria. In 2018, this dynamic program celebrated its 25,000th open-heart surgery — a monumental milestone.
The You Are Vital Campaign will be funding the following pieces of equipment for Cardiac Care:
Central Monitors and System Upgrade (Cardiac Rehab, RJH & VGH) 14 @ $37,500
Royal Jubilee Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Heart Function Clinic, Surgical Heart Health Unit, Cardiac Short Stay Unit, Heart Health Unit, and Cardiovascular Unit (CVU) require central monitors and an upgrade of hardware and software systems that connect to monitors and information systems around the hospital. The system is an essential communication tool that benefits our most critically ill patients. The information centre is a central monitoring system that gives a centralized, consolidated view of each patient’s current status and connects directly to their electronic health record.
Wearable Cardiac Monitor (EDS, RJH & VGH) 2 @ $45,000
The Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals each require a replacement holter system to monitor patients experiencing problems with the electrical systems of their hearts. Holter monitoring is utilized when preliminary electrocardiography tests yield incomplete, inconclusive or unsatisfactory diagnostic results. This system monitors electrical cardiac functioning while allowing patients to engage in their normal daily routines. With additional Holter monitors, the cardiac program will be better able to meet the increasing demands placed on its Heart Health program. Additionally, the portability of these monitors will ensure cardiac patients can be accurately monitored outside of the clinical environment, ensuring a more realistic appraisal of the electrical functioning of a patient’s heart.
Bladder Scanner (EDS / Cardiac Short Stay Stay, RJH) 2 @ $18,000
The Victoria General Hospital (VGH) is in need of two new ultrasound bladder scanners for the cardiac electrodiagnostics (EDS) component of its Heart Health program. An ultrasound machine emits sound waves and different tissues produce different echoes. A bladder scanner is specifically designed to calculate the level of fluid in the bladder, a feature that is useful for clinicians before, during, and after their patients undergo procedures. Victoria General completes over 200 procedures per year that require the use of a bladder scanner. A new system would ensure the high standard of patient care Victoria General provides is both continued and enhanced.
Assessment Treadmill (Cardiac Rehab, RJH) $9,000
The Heart Health team at Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) is in need of a new treadmill to be used in the assessment and rehabilitation of cardiac patients. Treadmills are a valuable tool because they provide a safe, low-impact assessment of patients’ cardiac functioning. The Heart Health team at Royal Jubilee uses exercise for patient assessment and to track the progress of patients’ rehabilitation. Exercise is a quick and easy way to place the heart under realistic loads — assessing its ability to cope with the stress placed upon it by everyday activities, thereby giving clinicians the best possible information.
Cell Saver (Perfusion, RJH) $57,000
The Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) is in need of a new autologous perfusion system (also known as a cell saver) for use during cardiovascular surgery. This equipment is designed to collect, clean, and reinfuse the blood lost by a patient during surgery. A cell saver collects blood lost by a patient during surgery. The cell saver runs the blood through a specialized filtering and cleansing procedure before returning it to the patient. Furthermore, should a hemorrhage or other complication arise, a cell saver can keep pace with major blood loss without the need to request additional blood from the blood bank. A new cell saver would further enhance the efficiency of Royal Jubilee’s blood utilization, improving patient outcomes while ensuring blood bank supplies remain well-stocked for situations of great need.
Electrophysiology Mapping System (Electrophysiology Lab, RJH) $33,000
The Heart Health team at Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) is in need of a new cardiac mapping system for its Electrophysiology (EP) labs. Electrophysiology is a branch of cardiac medicine that deals with the electrical system of the heart, particularly with regards to the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders, also known as arrhythmias. Cardiac mapping involves clinicians accessing the heart via electrode-equipped catheters threaded through the patients’ blood vessels, a procedure known as an electrophysiology study. A cardiac mapping system also aids in treatment of electrophysiological issues through such procedures as ablation, as it accurately pinpoints areas of concern, allowing clinicians to achieve their goal of blocking erratic electrical activity, while ensuring the procedure is as highly targeted as possible.