A recently imported American program is revolutionizing postoperative recovery at the Montreal Heart Institute

A recently imported American program is revolutionizing postoperative recovery at the Montreal Heart Institute

A program created in the United States about ten years ago and which began to be adapted at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) in 2019 makes it possible to reduce the hospital stay of many patients.

The formula is to quickly promote the mobility of patients who can, before and immediately after the operation.

“Already, the same morning, we started to sit down and get up,” says Bernard Hugron, who underwent open-heart surgery 24 hours earlier.

Hospitalization times have changed thanks to this new approach.

“Our average hospital stay after open heart surgery has traditionally been 6 days. In the last year, we have had almost 400 patients who were able to leave the hospital on day 3 or 4 after the operation,” explains Dr. Yoan Lamarche, head of the surgical intensive care unit at the ICM.

The new program is not only beneficial to patients.

“There are costs that have been associated with the program. In the last year, to give you an idea, we have saved up to 4 million dollars,” underlines Amélie Brasiola, head of the surgical intensive care unit at the ICM.

The Montreal Heart Institute will be able to perform 300 additional surgeries this year, even with a staff shortage.