Arctic Front Cryoballoon Service Optimisation in the COVID Era

Arctic Front Cryoballoon Service Optimisation in the COVID Era

 
 
 

The objective of the panel discussion is to support AF ablation teams in their efforts to reduce AF ablation resource needs, wait lists, and operational inefficiencies, using existing resources and without additional stress. The expert panel will offer guidance on ways to implement workflow efficiencies and reduce the patient’s length of stay, drawing from their respective experiences.

 

The panel discussion is divided into two back-to-back 30-minute sessions focused on:
Part 1: Resource optimisation with the Arctic FrontTM Advance family of Cryoballoons
Moderator: Prof Ross Hunter
Speakers: Annemiek Janssen, Dr Jonas De Jong, Prof Joachim Ehrlich

Part 2: Cryoballoon ablation day case
Moderator: Prof Ross Hunter
Speakers: Dr Aaisha Opel, Dr Alexandre Ouss, Dr Patrick Heck

 

Please click on the following links to learn more about:
Workflow efficiencies and day case model at Catharina Hospital
Dr Opel’s Cryoballoon day case study
Prof Ehrlich’s Cryoballoon capacity-building white paper
The Arctic Front Procedure Optimisation Course

 

Please click here if you would like to participate in an online follow-up discussion with the expert faculty from the Arctic Front Procedure Optimisation course.

The focus of the sessions will be on ways to improve the efficiency of the Medtronic cryoballoon ablation workflow, optimise staff support, and implement same-day discharge.

 

Please click on the following links to learn more about:
Workflow efficiencies and day case model at Catharina Hospital
Dr Opel’s Cryoballoon day case study
Prof Ehrlich’s Cryoballoon capacity-building white paper
The Arctic Front Procedure Optimisation Course

 

Please click here if you would like to participate in an online follow-up discussion with the expert faculty from the Arctic Front Procedure Optimisation course.

This panel discussion aims to engage electrophysiologists, cardiac physiologists, cath lab nurses, cath lab managers and hospital administrators.

PART 1:
Introduction: Resource optimisation with the Artic FrontTM Advance family of Cryoballoons
Prof Ross Hunter
Common workflow challenges and the impact on AF ablation resource utilisation
Dr Jonas De Jong, Annemiek Janssen and Prof Joachim Ehrlich
Reducing your waiting list & improving your standard of care
Prof Joachim Ehrlich, Dr Jonas De Jong, and Annemiek Janssen
The impact of COVID-19 on patient access to AF ablation
Dr Jonas De Jong, Annemiek Janssen and Prof Joachim Ehrlich
Ask the experts: Q&A
Prof Ross Hunter

PART 2:
Introduction: Cryoballoon Day Case
Prof Ross Hunter
Cryoballoon day case evidence
Dr Aaisha Opel and Dr Patrick Heck
Day case patient criteria
Dr Alexandre Ouss, Dr Aaisha Opel, and Dr Patrick Heck
Is the Medtronic Cryoballoon well-adapted to a day case model?
Dr Alexandre Ouss, Dr Aaisha Opel, and Dr Patrick Heck
Ask the experts: Q&A
Prof Ross Hunter

Prof Ross Hunter is a Professor of Cardiology & Electrophysiology and the Director of Arrhythmia Research at the Barts Heart Centre in London (UK). Prof. Hunter has extensive experience performing Cryoballoon ablation procedures, optimising AF ablation workflows, and implementing Cryoballoon day case.

 

Annemiek Janssen is a nurse and Dr Jonas De Jong is an electrophysiologist at OLVG Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Dr De Jong and Annemiek have a particularly very efficient Cryoballoon ablation workflow, with limited staff support, and consistently short lab occupancy times. The team is also rigorous with outcome data collection and recently began implementing cryoballoon ablation day case. Annemiek has over 30 years of experience as a nurse and Dr De Jong has performed >400 Cryoballoon procedures and is the founder of ECGpedia and the Cardionetworks Foundation.

 

Prof Joachim Ehrlich is an electrophysiologist and the head cardiologist at St. Josefs-Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2016, Prof Ehrlich led a year-long effort to identify inefficiencies that were limiting his team’s AF ablation capacity and to optimise related processes. He set the objective increasing the number of Cryoballoon ablations performed per “cryo day” from 3 to 5 within a one-year timeframe. The team achieved this objective and surpassed their own expectations by performing 8 cryoballoon procedures in one lab, in one day. It was this approach that led our Medtronic team to establish St Josefs-Hospital as the first AFPO training centre. More recently, since most AF ablation procedures were cancelled during the peak of the pandemic, Prof. Ehrlich’s team made an effort to reduce the case backlog by performing 26 cryoballoon PVIs in one lab over a period of 3 days.

 

Click here to read a short paper summarizing the efforts that the St. Josefs-Hospital team implemented to improve their Cryoballoon workflow efficiency. You can also watch Prof Ehrlich describe this initiative in more detail during his EHRA 2018 presentation.

 

Dr Alexandre Ouss is an electrophysiologist at Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven, NL. Dr Ouss played an instrumental role in identifying and implementing efforts to optimise the Cryoballoon ablation workflow and to support the adoption of a day case approach at Catharina Hospital.

 

Today, the Catharina Hospital team has consistently short lab occupancy times per Cryoballoon procedure and a very collaborative team dynamic. Dr Ouss and the rest of the EP team are very diligent about outcome data collection for each AF ablation procedure as well. The decision to implement day case was only made after thoroughly reviewing their complication data.

 

Click here to watch the Catharina Hospital EP team explain how and why they improved the efficiency of their Cryoballoon procedures. You will also find the AFPO flyer for Catharina Hospital below.

 

Dr Aaisha Opel is a Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Opel is the primary author for the Cryoballoon day case study. You can click here to learn about findings from the study.

 

Dr Patrick Heck is a Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist and Clinical Lead for Cardiac Rhythm Management at the Royal Papworth Hospital. Dr Heck has extensive experience with cryoballoon ablation day case and was involved in a recently published AF ablation day case study.

 

 
 

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