Deborah Heart and Lung is a historic hospital in Browns Mills NJ that focus on treating heart, lung and vascular conditions. Clear Image Scientific was contacted through referral for an evaluation of the CIS system in each of Deborah's three Electrophysiology labs. CIS performed noise tests in each of Deborah's Labs and found significant noise on the circuits in all three labs. After demonstrating the noise-isolation capability of CIS systems, Deborah undertook a closely monitored 30 day evaluation. The results were consistent and dramatic in all three of the CIS system applications.
"I can unequivocally say we have changed from Garbage in = Garbage out to Gold in = Gold out in out lab! The installation of the CIS system was minimal and the CIS 6 fit perfectly into the rack where our Bard recording amplifier is. Better yet we were able to fit the CIS onto the base of our Stock Carto 3 rolling cart from Biosense Webster. We cannot wait to install this into out other EP lab in the new year."
Resolution of low-level signals is a critical aspect of surgery in all EP labs. Electrical noise impacts the ultra-sensitive electronics and monitoring systems used in common ablation procedures. As such, the Minneapolis Heart Institute has tested many alter systems in their pursuit of a lower environmental noise floor over the years. None have delivered significant performance gains. Now the Minneapolis Heart Institute is testing Clear Image Scientific products for measurable and significant reduction in electrical noise.
The Minneapolis VA Electrophysiology labs were referred to CIS by the Director of Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital’s EP Lab, Dr. Daniel Melby. Clear Image Scientific’s Grant Samuelsen visited the VA with a complete system of CIS units and shielded power cords. After meeting with the principal bio-med team, the CIS units and power cords were installed. The VA’s team and doctors measured noise levels within their electrophysiology lab both before and during a procedure.
"The bipolar noise levels on the mapping catheters went from fairly high at .13-.15 to less than 0.01 mV after installing the first of the 2 CIS units and remained at that level after installing the second unit. As I mentioned before, 0.01 is the lowest the system can measure so the noise level for the bipolar signals is now below the threshold of what the system can measure. "
CIS’ Grant Samuelson was asked to visit, not only to demonstrate the effectiveness of the CIS shielded power cords and six-outlet CIS units, but also to consult regarding the installation of an electrical system isolated from noise. The response to the effectiveness of the CIS units and power cord system was profound.
"The results were impressive and consistent. This lab is now better than our recently built state of the art labs. During our most complex ablations we are able to maximize gain without being troubled by noise. We are able to widen our filter settings. We are able to clearly see signal degradation during ablation on a more consistent basis than ever before. The results are just as important during routine ablations. No longer am I wasting hours a month troubleshooting noise. Operator efficiency and lab efficiency are both significantly improved. Practically what this means for a hospital is that more cases can take place in an EP lab without running into costly overtime."