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Cath Lab 2.0: Duke Children's gets state-of-the-art upgrade

Thursday, July 12, 2018
By Bryan Roth
Duke Children's cath team

Dozens of staff and providers gathered July 6 for a celebratory ribbon cutting at a new, state-of-the-art pediatric catheterization lab at Duke Children’s Hospital.

The event was a culmination after a year of renovations to update two such laboratories at the hospital. The enhanced patient care offered through the labs will drastically reduce the amount of radiation created with each use while giving providers more precise and 3D images. Salim Idriss, MD, PhD, a pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist, said new imaging, recording and documentation processes immediately give Duke “the best pediatric cath labs in the Southeast.”

“Reducing x-ray exposure to children is really important, and the advancements we’ve made means our ability to diagnose and intervene will be better than ever,” Idriss said.


Amber Newton, BSN, RN, CPN, clinical team lead with the lab, said the new space is exciting for what it’ll offer patients, providing procedures that are a less invasive alternative to surgery. She was also happy with what the renovations meant to colleagues, who learned to improve communication and teamwork over the past year while the work took place.

“We had to learn to coordinate and be flexible with our schedules and each other,” she said. “We learned how to work together in new ways, which built a stronger team.”

This article was originally published on Connections.