Today's Cath Lab

  • Manual listing and co-ordination of patients from multiple Wards for a variety of procedures through several busy Cath Labs is an exceptionally labour-intensive process so Cath Lab efficency is often reduced
  • Paper lists and telephone chasing of status results in a lot of wasted time and frustration
  • Patient experiences can be more stressful with un-necessary delays
  • When Cath Labs are under-utilised, the Hospital does not enjoy its full potential income
  • Manual methods make it very difficult (if not impossible) to record audit trails, for resolution of procedural bottlenecks and inefficiencies, for example
  • Research programme data cannot be monitored adequately and little Management Information is available on Lab performance

 

Common Cath Lab Efficiency & Management Issues

Patients are scheduled for each Day list from a number of sources. While some patient data can be collected from a CVIS package, they are usually then compiled onto a spreadsheet or other hard copy for circulation between the Wards, Labs and Operators.

The common problem, of course, is that this is rarely 'cast in stone', with amendments throughout the day from Emergencies, Consultant demands and patient circumstances.
This means that the manual list is never a static document and presents real problems for staff to re-organise and co-ordinate.

In the modern 'information age', this is not an acceptable situation!

When Lists are presented manually, frequent amendments create a heavy workload for both Lab and Wards, simply to keep it up to date and useable. Cancellations. postponements and emergencies all result in a need to re-schedule the patient sequence and Lab timings. Telephone chasing calls and even Ward visits are often necessary, to say nothing of managing resources within the Labs themselves.

When data needs to be collected, it takes substantial time to even locate it, never mind the manual compilation into reports (on possibly in-accurate information).

This is a real photo of a Daily Lab List Schedule in a major Hospital...

When a Lab's procedures are managed on paper, there is little or no way to sensibly collect the data required for the wide variety of reporting requirements so Cath Lab efficiency and management can be compromised.

Delays or Cancellation reasons, Dosage and Lab performance data are important elements to record - which are a whole lot easier to collect, if compiled automatically as a seamless part of the day's work.

Labyrinth can even calculate Lab Utilisation data over a variety of time-periods.

Without a suitable management system, recording data manually is virtually impossible and likely to be largely inaccurate.