Implantable Cardiac Devices Standardized Throughout Fraser Health

Effective September 2012, a regional model to standardize the service and delivery of Implantable Cardiac Electrical Devices (ICED) has been implemented throughout the Fraser Health Authority (FHA).

The purpose of the ICED project is to improve inpatient and outpatient access to device implants and replacement.

The types of Implantable Cardiac Devices included are:

  • Permanent pacemakers (PPM)
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD)
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices

Implantable Cardiac Devices

In his role as Hospital Medical Coordinator for the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC), Dr. Holmes (founder of Iridia Medical) was involved with the ICED project by assisting and providing input into the project to the extent it impacted on physicians and/or service planning at the JPOCSC.

The team at Iridia Medical also contributed to revisions to the transport and admission protocols for the JPOCSC and other FHA facilities for patients receiving cardiac implants.

Presently, two hospitals have been designated as regional ICED sites:

  • Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) – PPM, ICD and CRT devices
  • Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC) – PPM only

Royal Columbian and JPOCSC

The development of the ICED project has led to a variety of new clinical practice tools with the standing goal of improving device implants and replacement:

  • Regional referral form
  • Pre and post-procedure pre-printed physician orders
  • Inter-hospital transfer instructions and checklists, outpatient checklist and pamphlets
  • Patient and Family Information booklets

Current pacemaker practices were refined to align with the new regional model, such as the exclusion of an anaesthesiologist during PPM implantation for certain patients who meet defined criteria.

In lieu of an anaesthesiologist there will be trained personnel present during the procedure dedicated to monitoring the patient. In the future, this practice change will allow for PPMs to be implanted in procedure rooms other than operating rooms; allowing for more versatile use.

Dr. Holmes and Iridia applaud Fraser Heath for their excellent work developing the ICED project.

Wood Can Heal!

Those of us lucky enough to see the 2010 Winter Olympic Games first hand were given an opportunity to see how BC’s wood timber can be incorporated into the design and display of many breath taking buildings and venues.

Wood Can Heal

How about the incorporation of the beauty and aesthetics of wood into patient healing?

Research into the psychological and sociological phenomena associated with old age and aging (gerontology) has demonstrated how the aesthetics of a healthcare facility can positively impact the healing outcomes of patients.  CEI Architect Michael Naught and Fraser Health Authority Executive Marco Buccini explained how the use of wood is essential to the new Surrey Memorial Critical Care Tower design in an interview with Naturally Wood:

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In the new tower, wood was used in the tower design to create a calm, caring and stress free environment in a time of crisis.  This a great example of how the improvement of healthcare is being examined by all kinds of different citizens, stakeholders, professionals and clinicians.

At Iridia we are always looking to partner with innovative approaches to healthcare delivery like the building of the new SMH Critical Care tower.  Our inventive approaches help our clients build a stress free problem solving process for their major projects.

Being part of the Critical Care Tower planning, we at Iridia are proud to be part of such an innovative and ground breaking centre for healthcare for the residents of the Fraser Valley.