Thursday 9th March 2017
1000 Heart Procedures Completed by World-class Bay of Plenty
A cardiac services team is celebrating completing its
one-thousandth procedure meaning care closer to home for Bay
The Bay Of Plenty District Health Board's (BOPDHB) Cardiac
Services Team, based at Tauranga Hospital, has just performed its
one-thousandth Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). The
milestone represented high quality care on their doorstep for Bay
residents said cardiologist Dr Jonathan Tisch.
"Before April 2012, patients requiring a stent would have had to
travel to Waikato Hospital for a procedure; with all that
potentially entailed, travel, accommodation, etc," said Dr Tisch.
"That is no longer the case and we average around 240 PCIs from our
unit at Tauranga Hospital each year.
"PCIs are where we open a heart artery via a tube through the
skin rather than undertaking open heart surgery. It's minimally
invasive which means the majority of these patients only require an
overnight stay afterwards.
"We go in through the wrist and a thin tube is threaded up
through a blood vessel into the heart. We inject dye and take X-ray
pictures to see where the narrowing of the artery is and then, if
it's suitable, open that up with a little wire scaffold over a
balloon. That opens the artery up and allows the blood through
The unit began with one stent cardiologist, Dr Barry Kneale, who
was joined by Dr KL Chow in July 2016. The cardiologists are
supported by an expert nursing team, radiographers and
Dr Tisch said the unit's results were audited and the excellent
success rates, and extremely low complication rates, bore
comparison with any cardiology unit in the world. It completed its
one-thousandth PCI on Thursday 26 February.
"1000 procedures have been performed successfully, locally,
nearer to people's homes, which is great news for the community we
serve," said Dr Tisch.
The news comes on the back of the BOPDHB's new Cardiac
Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab) taking its first patient on
the afternoon of Monday 16 January. The Cath Lab forms part of the
Cardiac Services Building 50 development at the hospital which also
includes a new clinical physiology area
Part of the BOPDHB's Cardiac Services team: Cardiologist Dr
Jonathan Tisch, Cardiac Technologist Karl Hunter, Clinical Nurse
Manager Jason Money and Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse Jen
Bay of Plenty District Health Board
March 9, 2017