These new devices place it among the best-equipped hospitals in Spain for interventional cardiology
The new facilities have been planned with a focus on improving the patient experience
Bellvitge University Hospital inaugurated its new Interventional Cardiology Area on Monday, featuring state-of-the-art technology and focused on improving the patient experience. Situated on the first floor of the main building, this newly established area comprises three advanced cardiac haemodynamics rooms, along with two electrophysiology rooms.
The three new cardiac haemodynamics wards are outfitted with cutting-edge technology to facilitate the execution of the most intricate procedures. These rooms are instrumental in performing crucial and commonly required interventions, such as angioplasties—considered the primary method for addressing heart attacks—as well as stenting, valve prostheses, and various other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for coronary issues.
The two electrophysiology rooms incorporate advances such as the latest technology in irradiation dose reduction or integrated non-fluoroscopic three-dimensional navigation systems. These areas are used for cardiac arrhythmia studies, therapeutic interventions such as catheter ablation, or the implantation of devices for the treatment of heart rhythm disorders, such as defibrillators and pacemakers, among other procedures.
The introduction of the two new electrophysiology rooms is a component of the ADELE project, a public procurement of innovation initiative within the Catalan public health system, co-funded by ERDF funds from the European Union. The ADELE project is implementing a novel care model for arrhythmias at Bellvitge Hospital, which encompasses various innovations, including remote monitoring of implanted devices and patient training aimed at enabling them to exert more influence over the progression of their condition.
In addition to the important technological equipment, the new interventional cardiology rooms have been planned as spacious and comfortable spaces for the patient, including, among other welcoming elements, screens with relaxing images to make the stay more comfortable. Another novelty is the deployment of an information system for relatives via electronic messaging.
The new facilities also feature an audio-visual broadcasting system designed to enable professionals to observe the procedures conducted, along with a dedicated educational room intended for both patients and healthcare practitioners. These resources will play a significant role in facilitating the organisation of national and international conferences, gatherings, and educational courses. Furthermore, they will be instrumental in attracting a larger number of residents and fellows seeking opportunities for specialized training.
The facilities inaugurated this week will soon be completed with the opening, on the same floor, of a new reception and observation area for interventional cardiology and heart failure patients, also designed with the central objective of improving the patient
experience. This will complete the concentration on a same floor of the hospital's entire field of interventional and community cardiology.