A dedicated Heart Failure Inpatient Unit opened at the Heart Hospital in September 2016, providing advanced clinical care via a multidisciplinary team to patients with heart failure. The unit consists of 20 beds and focuses on caring for patients with severe forms of heart failure who are candidates for advanced heart failure treatment, especially device therapy, such as cardiac resynchronization or mechanical circulatory support therapy. The opening of the unit means patients at the Heart Hospital benefit from a robust continuity of care model between outpatient and inpatient clinical services, provided by dedicated and experienced multidisciplinary teams within Heart Failure Inpatient and Outpatient Units.
The Heart Hospital has introduced the PET Myocardial Perfusion imaging test with the support of the National Center for Cancer Care and Research’s PET Center for Diagnosis and Research. The procedure evaluates blood flow and Coronary Flow Reserve (CFR) through the heart. Advantages of cardiac PET Perfusion Imaging over standard imaging procedures are improved efficiency, lower patient radiation exposure and improved image resolution.
Heart Hospital, in conjunction with the Corporate Communications Department, launched a public heart health campaign aimed at reducing the impact of heart-related illnesses in Qatar. The heart health campaign encourages people to live a healthier lifestyle and recognize the conditions that can make them more susceptible to heart problems. The campaign messaging also aimed to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack so that people are able to quickly seek help. The campaign featured radio and television commercials, advertising in newspapers, print media and online, and campaign messaging in shopping malls.
A quality and safety initiative at Heart Hospital successfully reduced the rate of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection by more than 70 percent within the Coronary Intensive Care Unit. The unit created a task force to address the issue and develop an action plan. Automatic stop orders were established for urinary catheters, meaning urinary catheters are automatically removed from patients after 48 hours unless the doctor specifies otherwise. Other steps to reduce CAUTI included the use of alternative types of catheter which reduce the risk of infection, and heightened focus on hand hygiene. Training for existing staff and orientation programs for new resident doctors ensured all staff were aware of the plans in place to reduce CAUTI. Additionally, nurses were recognized for their actions in initiating the early removal of catheters when appropriate.