Hybrid rooms for transcatheter valve interventions: Rationale, vision and technical requirements

Francesco Maisano, Iassen Michev, Antonio Colombo, Ottavio Alfieri

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Transcatheter valve interventions are rapidly developing as an alternative to surgery for high-risk patients. Optimal management of patients before, during and after the procedure requires well-organized teamwork, gathering professionals with different skills and backgrounds. Hybrid operating rooms are becoming a requirement to increase safety and effectiveness. They will be multifunctional rooms with features derived from surgical rooms and angiographic suites. The design of the hybrid suite should be tailored to the planned procedures, and could be different in cases of aortic valve interventions compared with mitral valve interventions. Finally, building a hybrid operating suite goes beyond the mere design of a blueprint, but enters the crucial field of teambuilding and development of a multidisciplinary program. In the future, there will be a new generation of subspecialized interventionalists who will be specifically trained to perform transcatheter valve interventions and will operate in hybrid rooms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-512
Number of pages10
JournalInterventional Cardiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • aortic stenosis
  • cardiac surgery
  • hybrid suite
  • mitral regurgitation
  • transcatheter aortic valve implantation
  • transcatheter valve intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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