KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A small, mobile lab made a stop here Monday to showcase the next big thing in cardiac care. The trailer-sized Mobile Learning Lab, coordinated by medical device company Abiomed, parked across from the Kettering Medical Center to showcase the Impella heart pump.
“This is really a great opportunity for our colleagues and our critical care units to come take a look and really get their hands on the device in a safe setting,” said Nathaniel Wynn, RN, the director of invasive cardiology at Kettering Medical Center
Known as the ‘world’s smallest’ minimally-invasive heart pump, the Impella implants in a patient’s heart to help control blood flow during high-risk procedures. The device can also help prevent or treat cardiogenic shock, a condition that sometimes occurs during or after a heart attack.
Kettering’s Heart Hospital has been using the device for several years and Wynn said staff continues to train as the technology progresses.
“We have the ability to put the device in the heart and fix vasculature that was deemed impossible to fix,” he said. “This is brand new. This is stuff that is kind of mind boggling what we’re doing, honestly. It’s pretty cool.”
Monday’s learning experience introduced hospital staff to emerging technologies through hands-on simulations, educational videos and representatives from medical companies like Abiomed and Boston Scientific.
Kettering cardiologist Dr. Niranjan Reddy, MD, explained, “(The training) is not only for the physician or patient, it’s the entire team: all the way from the nurses, technicians, students, fellows, residents, everyone.”
Dr. Reddy said regular training, made accessible by methods like the Mobile Training Lab, help promote a better quality of care for the patients at Kettering Medical Center.
“Doing it right helps patient quality, patient safety and the best thing: patient outcomes,” he said.