Background: During the last decade endovascular therapy has been established as an alternative treatment for a variety of vascular diseases. Neither the classic operating room (OR), nor the conventional angiography suite is optimal for both open surgery and endovascular procedures. Important issues include: quality of the imaging equipment, radiation burden, ease of use of the equipment, need for specially trained personnel, ergonomics, ability to perform both open and percutaneous procedures, sterile environments, as well as quality and efficiency of patient care. Methods: A literature search identified articles pertinent to the key issues during the decision-making process of creating the optimal endovascular suite. Manual cross-referencing also was performed. Results and conclusion: The most important feature of working in a dedicated endovascular suite should be the ability to attain best treatment of vascular patients. Whether the interventional radiologist or the vascular surgeon uses the facilities is of less importance. A fixed fluoroscopy unit is preferred, above a portable C-arm. Establishment of an endovascular operating room suite has the benefit of a sterile environment, the possibility of performing hybrid procedures and conversions when necessary. Moreover, angiography immediately before treatment gives contemporary anatomical information, and after treatment provides quality control. As a consequence, better quality and service can be provided to the individual patient.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2008|
- Endovascular suite
- Minimally invasive
- Vascular surgery