How Lighted Retractors Benefit Pacemaker and ICD Implantation
Any time a human body undergoes surgery, there are considerable risks to the patient, the surgeons, and staff. Even relatively simple procedures like a pacemaker or ICD implantation bring concerns of visibility and sterility. Thus, obp is here to help. With this article, we’ll look at the risks of pacemaker and ICD implantation procedures and explain how our single-use lighted retractors can help reduce those risks.
Before we get into any of that, let’s take a very brief look at pacemakers and ICDs.
Electrophysiology & a Brief Overview of Pacemakers and ICDs for Patients
As a medical professional, you already understand electrophysiology studies and related medical devices. You’re quite welcome to skip this section, which we’ve decided include for the benefit of patients and concerned family members who may stumble upon this article while researching pacemaker and ICD implant risk.
Speaking broadly, electrophysiology is the biomedical field that studies electrical activity in the body. It includes the study of the production of electrical activity and the effects that electrical activity has on the body. Every heartbeat begins with an electrical impulse in the patient’s body, and by understanding the system of the heart and the electrical signals within it, doctors are better able to know when a pacemaker or ICD will be helpful for a patient.
- Atrial Fibrillation – “afib” when upper heart chambers contract irregularly
- Brachycardia – an abnormally slow heart rate
- Premature contraction – early heartbeat
- Ventricular Fibrillation – a disorganized contraction in the lower chambers
- Lastly, add various other rhythm disorders
Once a cardiologist understands the nature of a patient’s arrhythmia, they can move forward to implanting a medical device like a pacemaker or ICD.
Pacemakers & ICDs
Pacemakers are medical devices implanted under a patient’s chest.
Dr. Marc Wish of the Inova Heart & Vascular Institute tells us “The first pacemaker was implanted in a person in 1958. It didn’t last very long, though that patient lived to age 88 and had 26 pacemakers in his lifetime.”
- Lifesaving pacemaker technology has advanced rapidly since then. Modern pacemakers have long-lasting lithium batteries, the ability to sense and monitor a patient’s heartbeats, dual-ventricle stimulation and more.
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, or ICD, is also a device placed under a patient’s skin. It contains a computer that tracks your heart rate and rhythm. Patients need an ICD if the rhythm of the ventricles is dangerously abnormal.
The Risks of Implant Surgery and the Benefits of ONETRAC Lighted Retractors for Surgeons & Staff
According to the Mayo Clinic, complications from pacemaker/ICD implant surgery are uncommon. While our sterile, lighted retractors aren’t commonly used for pacemaker and ICD implantation and electrophysiology applications (yet), their potential benefits for both patients and surgeons are remarkable and worth discussing here.
Patient and Surgical Staff Risks in the OR During Implant Surgery
Any time a patient undergoes surgery, they face risks. For pacemaker and ICD implant patients, we see these risks as:
- Infection, caused by improperly sterilized equipment
- Leading to secondary infections, like pneumonia
- Allergic reactions to the dyes or anesthesia
- Damage to surrounding areas, like bruising or even accidental incision or puncture
- Lastly, Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
Surgeons and staff are well aware of these patient risks, and also the risks they face in the operating room (OR). They include:
- Sharps injuries, from scalpels and needles
- Exposure to bloodborne pathogens
- Equipment hazards
- Surgical smoke inhalation
- Lastly, exposure to anesthetic gases, among others
We’ve also blogged about OR lighting conditions, and the risk of trip and fall injuries associated with power cords and medical equipment in the OR, and the risk of electrical shock.
Once a pacemaker or ICD is implanted, there will be occasions when patients and staff may face these risks again, like during:
- Battery exchange procedures
- Additionally, lead extraction/replacement
obp’s ONETRAC Devices Reduce the Risks to Patients and Surgical Staff
obp’s ONETRAC is the first, single-use, cordless, surgical, lighted retractor with integrated LED lighting and a unique smoke evacuation channel. This sterile, ready-to-use medical device eliminates the time and expense of reprocessing. Indeed, it reduces the risk of cross-contamination in the surgical setting by making reusable devices and fiber-optic light cables obsolete.
There is no doubt that sterilized devices reduce the risk of infection and secondary infections for patients. Adequate lighting at the surgical site minimizes the chance of surgical errors that could lead to damaged blood vessels and potential bleeds. Further, illumination with ONETRAC in the depths of a surgical tissue pocket or cavity can be achieved in mere seconds; no assembly, additional parts/components, or fiber-optic cables needed.
- obp’s ONETRAC products provide relief for OR staff too, as they limit the number of power cords and cables they need to navigate to assist with the procedure.
Pacemakers, ICDs, and Beyond
Our mission at obp is to illuminate the everyday with unified single-use device solutions that enable simpler, safer and brighter outcomes – for patients, providers, staff, and the hospitals they serve.
We welcome surgeons, staff and hospital administration to check out our ONETRAC Procedure Guide to learn more about the specific applications ONETRAC surgical devices are ideal for, like:
- Facial surgeries – reconstructive procedures, facelifts, forehead lifts, and neck lifts
- Thyroid procedures – like thyroidectomy
- Breast area surgeries – like breast augmentations, reconstructions, excisional biopsies, mastectomies and lumpectomies
- Spinal surgeries – such as anterior to psoas approach for lumbar spine and anterior cervical disc and fusion
We’d love to teach you more about our advancements in medical device technology.
Learn More About obp’s Single-Use Lighted Retractors and Medical Devices
Single-use devices save time, increase efficiency, and reduce the risk of cross-contamination and infection. Beyond a direct impact on patients, our devices make a direct benefit to the hospital’s bottom line. When a delay in a patient’s recovery is due to a hospital-acquired infection, like pneumonia, the organization faces extended patient stays and more treatments.
The cost of this additional care is non-reimbursable in many situations. Single-use devices help prevent these added costs. They are often a more economical choice in the long term, as they are easily added to every exam room and OR. They reduce and eliminate the time, equipment. manhours and resources used to clean, reprocess and store reusable medical devices.
Single-use devices also reduce the occupational risks and strains experienced by surgeons and OR staff, leading to fewer missed days of work and fewer workers comp claims.