The Hybrid Catheterization Laboratory
Hybrid procedures encompass the procedural cooperation between cardiothoracic surgeon and interventional cardiologist. These procedures include therapies such as hybrid palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome, perventricular VSD closure, and intraoperative stent placement [1–6]. An increasing number of centers has been embracing hybrid therapies , with the most important ingredient for the success of a hybrid program being the attitude of the interventional and surgical team, embracing a collaborative approach and being able to “think outside the box” when combining surgical and interventional techniques. While hybrid procedures can be performed with the right attitude and a portable c-arm, having a dedicated hybrid cardiac catheterization suite definitely reduces the difficulties in performing these procedures. It is therefore important to consider carefully whether to upgrade a cath lab to a dedicated hybrid catheterization suite.
KeywordsControl Room Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Catheterization Laboratory Hybrid Procedure Hybrid Program