Robotic therapy is changing how procedures are performed in the cath lab. A successful robotics program will not only enable cath lab teams to provide a high level of patient care but can also significantly reduce procedure-related health risks among interventional clinicians working in the cardiac cath lab. However, building a successful program requires a clearly identified team, commitment from the institution, and a focus on clinical training.
We, at Corindus provide robust tools for healthcare facilities to build their own vascular robotic program and reap the benefits for patients, staff and the hospital.
The building blocks of a robotic program
A dedicated, well-trained support team is at the core of a successful robotic program. In a CorPath Vascular Robotic Program, for example, this team consists of:
- Physicians who are interested in and committed to advancing healthcare robotics in their practice;
- Bedside staff who are willing to learn new technologies – both to advance their own qualifications and to improve patient care.
Commitment to building a successful program is important on several fronts. The healthcare facility’s commitment to the robotic program is vital in order for the cath lab team to develop a consistent level of expertise with robotics and to approach every case as a potential robotic case. This “robotics first” mindset will help the facility receive the maximum benefit for patients and staff.
Adequate and consistent clinical training is also essential in building a strong vascular robotic PCI program. As with any new technology, comprehensive training will allow both physicians and bedside staff to master their skills in robotic technology and ensure they can perform robotic procedures with confidence.
During training for the Corindus CorPath System, a dedicated Clinical Account Manager is available on-site at customer facilities to complete the clinical training program and certify the team. Then, following the certification, the vascular robotics team performs their first few procedures.
Getting the word out
Once a facility successfully launches a vascular robotic program, the next step is to inform the community about the new technology available to them. Building awareness for the new capability helps maximize the investment in the technology and staff’s training.
A vascular robotic program comes with significant benefits to patients, staff and the hospital’s reputation and bottom line. Download our comprehensive eBook for more tips on building a successful Vascular Robotic Program. The eBook will give you the tools to feel confident taking the next steps toward starting your own program.