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UPMC McKeesport gets authorization for their Angioplasty experimentation

UPMC McKeesport gets authorization for their Angioplasty experimentation

This article reports the success of UPMC McKeesport in obtaining the authorization for performing angioplasties even in tertiary hospitals, which was so long required to be dealt only by the community hospitals. They conducted a medical experimentation project jointly with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, in order to prove that Angioplasty can be conducted in any care facilities if the surgeries are conducted by experts. This article reports their success story that marks a significant advancement in medical science.

UPMC McKeesport has shaken hands with a scientific experimental project that claims in overturning the rules barring community hospitals, from executing general voluntary angioplasties to minimize the threats of heart attack.

The experiment was mainly conducted in support of angioplasty, a surgical procedure done to expand the blocked heart vessel of the patient, in order to secure the patient from future cardiac problems.

On January 15, 2009, the UPMC executives declared that McKeesport hospital finally obtained the authorization from the state to conduct voluntary angioplasties, which was till now as per the Pennsylvania law, can only be performed in those hospitals that has got the required equipments, apparatus and surgeons, proficient in handling cardiac urgency cases.

According to Dr. Stephen Bowser, the medical administrator of the UPMC McKeesport Cardiac Catheterization Lab, has remarked that the principal objective behind this experimental project was to ensure that, such surgeries can be safe to patients although if they are conducted in other facilities. As per him the authorization for the experimental project verified the fact that angioplasties gives success reports, whether they are done in community hospitals or in tertiary hospitals. It can yield similar safety for the patients if the surgical procedure is done carefully and under expert's supervision.

Angioplasties were first conducted back in the 1970's. The medical director of the UPMC Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Joon Sup Lee remarked that during those old times almost 1 out of 10 cases, ended up in problems that needed immediate heart surgery. As a result surgeons would only conduct the surgeries in those hospitals, which have the required facilities for performing open heart surgeries. However from that time till the present day, the emergency rate has reduced to 1 in 200 cases as a result of gradual development in medical science.

Dr. Lee also commented that whether angioplasty can be performed safely in a facility, which is devoid of any heart surgery provisions, is still a matter of dispute among the cardiac surgeons. However, regarding the gradual progress in medical science and technology, many doctors are of the opinion that if correct precautions and procedures are conducted, patients can undergo angioplasty without getting admitted to a tertiary hospital.

The scientific experimental project was conducted by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. They are looking for admitting about 18,300 patients all over the country in hospitals like the UPMC McKeesport. 75% of these groups of patients are desired to be healed in the community hospitals, while on the other hand the remaining 25% will be admitted to the tertiary hospitals as a managed team.

In the year 2008, the UPMC doctors conducted nearly 4,000 angioplasty cases in the health system facilities of four hospitals namely; the Mercy, Passavant, Presbyterian and the Shadyside. Depending on this, Dr. Stephen Bowser's has assessed that; the UPMC McKeesport will be able to conduct 200 angioplasties per year.

If at some stage in angioplasty conducted at the UPMC McKeesport, any emergency cases are found, then the patient will be shifted immediately to any of the tertiary hospitals under UPMC. As per customary care regulations, it demands that the patient should be shifted in the operation theatre in between a time period of 60 minutes.

Dr. Browser also commented that if anything turns up unexpected at Mercy or Shadyside, which demands to emergency surgery during midnight; it will require about 60 minutes of time in order to arrange all the members of the surgeons team.

But keeping in view of the success of the above medical experiment conducted in this regard, it will help patients to undergo angioplasty at any medical facilities, but under specialist's supervision.

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