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1.134 Cardiac Catheterization Operations and 58 Open-Heart Surgeries Performed at Madinah Cardiac Center
08 May 2012
   The Director-General of Madinah Cardiac Center, Dr. Osama bin Ahmed Amoudi, has revealed that, within the framework of the current health momentum and paradigm shift in the Kingdom's health services, especially those provided by specialized centers, Madinah Cardiac Center has performed 1.134 cardiac catheterization operations and 58 open-heart surgeries in no more than nine months, since the center was set to work last Ramadan.
Dr. Amoudi, who is an eminent cardiologist himself, pointed out that the center has received over 12.224 patients, out of whom a number of 3.248 patients had were decided to open files at the hospital, and 1.682 patients were hospitalized. That's to be added to 8.976 visits to outpatient clinics. He pointed out that all the cases received by the Center had been referred by cardiac clinics in the region's hospitals. Also, a cardiologist was assigned to work at the Emergency Section at King Fahad Hospital to refer urgent and critical cases to the Center.
Dr. Amoudi further expounded, “About 65.3 per cent of the patients who have visited Madinah Cardiac Center over the past period are males, as opposed to 34.7 per cent females. The number of children hospitalized at the center is 100 children, making up 3.1 per cent of the total number of the Center's patients. 38 children have undergone successful cardiac catheterization operations, and others were advised to adhere to a proper treatment program, as they are in no need of such operations.
Dr. Amoudi added, “To date, about 58.000.000 medicines have been dispensed from the Center's pharmacy, which is connected to all the Center's divisions through a unified electronic system, and is equipped with the pneumatic system. Right now, work is in full swing to complete the final phase of drug dispensation at the Center's hospitalization rooms. With this new technology, medicines are expected to be transported to rooms in as brief time as 50 seconds. Also, a number of 8.086 tests have been conducted at the Center's laboratory, in addition to 1.355 radiological images at the Radiological Division, which includes six devices, including a CT Scan device, a magnetic resonance device, a mobile radiation device and general radiological devices. Cardiac imaging has been conducted on 1.981 patients: 96% are adults, and 4% children.”
Dr. Amoudi went on to say, “The Center has been supplied with over 445 advanced, high-tech medical devices, distributed to all the Center's sections and divisions. Three rooms have been prepared for open-heart patients. They are equipped with a high-quality digital system meant to record surgeries through an electronic circuit, in order for such operations to be followed up for educational and consultative purposes. Besides, they have been equipped with state-of-the-art sterilization devices, artificial lung devices, and surgical instruments. Besides, operations rooms have been connected with an e-archive system, to enable surgeons to review radiological images while performing surgeries. The Center has also been supported with two cardiac catheterization laboratories, and the third laboratory has been already approved, inasmuch as the ever-increasing number of patients visiting the Center. It includes five recovery beds equipped with high-tech patient monitoring devices, thought to be the first of its kind throughout the world. They enable cardiologists to diagnose heart diseases accurately, and perform the proper catheterization operation when need be. The Center is supplied, also, with an OCT device, for the first time in the Kingdom, and the second in all over the Middle East. By using this device, the coronary could be examined in 3 minutes; thus providing accurate diagnosis in no time. That's to be added to the electrocardiograms, important for regulating heartbeat, which are considered the first of their kind all over Madinah Region. Through the Control Room, doctors can oversee patients' information and transfer it to the e-archiving system.”
“Moreover,” Dr. Amdoun continued, “the Cardiac ICU includes 43 separate beds, thus providing for every patient a separate room equipped with advanced medical devices, with the aim to control infection. They also include certain equipments to keep intravenous injections, with the aim to provide space at the ICU. That's to be added to the advanced blood gas analysis devices, used in case emergency at the ICU. Also, a dialysis center was supplied with five dialysis devices.”
Then, Dr. Amoudi affirmed that the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, spares no effort to provide best-quality health services for patients in their places of residence, seeking to alleviate the suffering of travelling to hospitals outside their regions. All such achievements, and many others, add much to the medical boom the Kingdom witnesses in the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, May Allah protect them.
Dr. Amoudi further expounded that the establishment of Madinah Cardiac Center puts into action the sought-after objectives prioritized by the Governor of Madinah Region, His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed, and His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, in pursuit of reduce pressure on general hospitals, as well as private hospitals and centers. The bed capacity of the Center is 130 beds, distributed to all the center's sections and divisions. That's to be added to the supportive divisions of diagnosis and treatment using CT Scan, magnetic resonance, nuclear radiation, X-ray, ultrasound cardiac imaging, sterilization section, pharmaceuticals warehouse, in addition to the cardiac surgery and catheterization warehouse, outpacient clinics, meant to follow-up patients' health situation after hospitalization, e-pharmacy, laboratory, blood bank and emergency notes rooms.
The Center is operated by a precise electronic system handling all its dealings. Patiens' data is registered online, and his medical history is archived electronically. Also, patients' situations are closely followed up in all hospitalization sections, and their vital signs are sent to the Center's Control Section.
A five-phase plan has approved for the operation of Madinah Cardiac Center, out of which four phases have been already accomplished; beginning with the attraction of medical and technical competencies from both within and without the Kingdom, leading up to the full operation of all the Center's facilities. These operation phases are intended to organize work between Madinah Cardiac Center, the Cardiac Section at King Fahad Hospital and cardiac centers at the Region's hospitals, as well as categorizing cardiac patients, and setting certain criteria for their referral. Then, simple open-heart operations are to be operated to gain patients' trust. This is meant to assess performance, evade shortcomings, and enhance education, training and research programs; which is reckoned one of the Center's major priorities. That's to be added to developing strategic plans to be involved in scientific events.

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