HACKENSACK, NJ -- The Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health at Hackensack University Medical Center announces the opening of a new Hybrid Operating Room with the Philips Azurion with FlexArm X-ray system, which is designed to optimize workflow and to assist surgeons performing image guided procedures for heart and vascular diseases according to hospital officials.

“The FlexArm moves around the operators, it’s not the operators moving around the equipment or moving the equipment,” Carlos E. Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Structural and Congenital Heart Center at the Heart and Vascular Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center said.  

Hackensack University Medical Center is the third facility in the world; and the second in the United States to install the FlexArm technology.

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“Essentially, I can park the equipment, then when I need it, move it back into position without moving the patient.  It’s truly a unique system,” he said.

Ruiz has been working with Philips to develop this technology for more than a decade.  

“Hackensack University Medical Center is a recognized leader in cardiovascular clinical excellence and research,” Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health said.  

The FlexArm system is designed to help clinicians work efficiently by reducing preparation and procedure time, enabling more patients to be diagnosed and treated.  Azurion provides high quality imaging, achieving excellent visibility at low X-ray dose levels for patients of all sizes. 

“The cardiovascular team, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Parrillo, created a culture of innovation that embraces new technology, giving patients access to the safest and most advanced treatments available.  The installation of this state-of-the-art hybrid operating room demonstrates our commitment to offer patients cutting-edge treatments and world-class care,” he said.

“A Hybrid OR is the integration of a surgical operating room with an advanced X-ray imaging system, enabling surgeons as well as interventionists to perform the most advanced minimally invasive procedures, which are complex and technically demanding, requiring a high quality, flexible imaging solution,” Joseph E. Parrillo, M.D., chair, Heart and Vascular Hospital, Justice Marie L. Garibaldi endowed chair, professor and founding chair of the Department of Cardiology, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University said.

Azurion’s workflow innovations paired with flexible positioning of FlexArm will help clinicians treat patients efficiently and provide superior care.

“This state-of-the-art technology brings the services, we provide to the next level and advances the care to our cardiac patients to improve outcomes by giving us the ability to perform the complex procedures of the future.”

Azurion with FlexArm’s innovative design enables exceptional flexibility and intuitive control. Powered by a unique smart kinematic engine, the system moves on eight different axes, all controlled with its single “Axsys” controller. Simulation tests with 17 clinicians have demonstrated the system’s potential to significantly reduce the repositioning of the patient, staff and equipment to improve access for minimally invasive procedures.

“A high quality X-ray imaging system can provide critical support during hybrid surgery and endovascular procedures in the same room,” Ruiz said. 

Along with the construction of the Hybrid OR, a new recovery area in the Post Anesthesia Cardiac Unit was also created and includes two ICU beds, which are fully equipped and located just steps from the Hybrid OR.

“Azurion with FlexArm allows our physicians to complete a variety of surgical and interventional procedures faster, meaning the patient is off the table and on their way to recovery and discharge much sooner.”