Muscat: There has been a 123 per cent increase in catheter implants compared to those in 2010, according to the Royal Hospital.
The data released by the RH indicate that the number of diagnostic and therapeutic catheters reached 6,246, approximately 20 catheters a day, representing a high successful percentage at par with medically advanced countries.
The statistics indicate that the National Heart Centre the average catheter waiting list categorised not urgent ranged between two to four weeks.
The statistics conclude that the achievement was associated with the opening of the RH National Heart Centre (NHC) on December 13, 2015.
The Centre experienced a growing surge in the field of medical devices and equipment used in the field of cardiovascular diseases, number of admission beds, along with the increase of the number of operation theatres from two to five.
Moreover, the NHC received a recognition from the international community that lead to its participation in the International Heart Conference in Rome, as well as in the Congenital and Structural
Interventions (CSI) conference through demonstrating complex live cases whereby it highlighted the technical capability of Oman in this frontier area of medical care. Since its opening in 2015, the NHC launched several high profile most advanced catheters on the international level significantly are paediatric catheter ablation, Radio frequency ablation catheter, trans-catheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), trans-catheter pulmonary valve implantation (TPVI), in addition to 3D heart print technique.
Furthermore, the classification of cardiac catheters appointments at the NHC is consistent with the internationally recognised standards. Urgent cases are immediately admitted to the catheter room for necessary therapeutic procedures; mild cases are given a relatively near diagnostic or therapeutic appointment whereas routine cases are given appointment as available.
Notably, the cardiac catheter at the NHC is 24 hours functioning.
Catheter involves the insertion of a thin flexible tube via hand or thigh, passes through the heart and aiming at managing diagnostics procedures or interventional therapy.
These successive achievements of the National Heart Centre are the result of one- team spirit that illustrates the humanitarian responsibility towards patients, and above all is keeping in pace with the international latest techniques and equipment utilised in this field. A key element of the achievements lays in the vigorous development of skills and professional performance of the health staff through participating in the periodic theoretical and practical courses.