Renovation of this existing space into a highly technical cardiac services surgery suite (known as the Cath Lab) was very detailed. The ceiling of this lab is 18 feet, slab to slab, and only 10 feet after all systems are installed. In the eight hidden feet of the ceiling is a complicated system that includes air handling, power, structural supports for booms, other mechanical and electrical requirements, and reinforcement to ensure that absolutely no vibrations would translate to the equipment, which was particularly important for the live video image.
While the hospital has multiple high-grade generators to prevent delays with power bumps, the suite has additional full battery backup services that will operate all equipment for up to 2.5 hours – if the power goes out, and the backup generator fails. Additional air conditioning units were required for these and also needed to be accommodated.
Catheterization is a key procedure undertaken in this surgical suite, however, a full spectrum of cardiac health services are performed here.