Posts made in January 2019

Maintaining Quality of Care within Budgets

Office Based Procedures and Outpatient Treatments

Limited hospital resources and rising operational costs present a fundamental challenge to the medical marketplace of simultaneously maintaining the availability of services and the quality of care.  Severity of the procedure takes precedence relative to operating room resources as well as room nights and this reality combined with patient preference has driven the demand for out-patient and office based procedure alternatives. 

Ideally, out-patient and office based procedures should accomplish the following objectives;

  • Clinical efficacy and safety should be paramount. Alternative out-patient and office based procedures should deliver similar if not identical clinical outcomes and quality of patient care, without compromise.  Our urology laser procedures target the identical treatment objective to Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) which is to remove obstructing tissue in support of predictable and lasting outcomes.  The unique absorption characteristics of the Pathfinder BPH laser facilitate effective vaporization of tissue with enhanced coagulation, delivering immediate symptom relief and durable clinical outcomes
  • To represent a viable alternative, out-patient and office based procedures must be practical.  Technology should be affordable, easy to maintain and operate and be implemented without any specialized room requirements, additional staff, maintenance considerations or extensive training requirements.  Our urology lasers are portable, run on standard 110V power and require minimal staff training, which is included in the investment
  • As one of the fundamental objectives, out-patient and office based procedures must be financially feasible; simultaneously maintaining the quality of care while reducing operational costs.  The Pathfinder laser and fibers represent the most cost effective laser based alternative for out-patient/office based laser BPH procedures, with the most affordable cost of capital and consumables and various financial alternatives for a ‘cost per case’ solution versus capital investment.  One of the most compelling financial considerations for the hospital is the significant cost savings in bed nights our urology lasers facilitate by transforming the majority of BPH laser treatments into outpatient surgeries.  This savings alone justifies the investment in the technology

For more information on how the Pathfinder TURP laser can maintain the quality of patient care while reducing operational costs, contact the team at Surgical Lasers Inc. today.

DILEP – Expanding the Functionality of the New Pathfinder BPH Laser

The majority of Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) laser procedures are performed today using the vaporization method of tissue ablation, as it is a minimally invasive, clinically effective, intuitive procedure which is modelled after the gold standard of care (Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate).  Recently, a new procedure referred to as laser “enucleation” of the prostate has demonstrated the ability to remove excess prostatic tissue with a variety of different laser wavelengths.  A more involved and complex procedure with a longer learning curve, enucleation comprises cutting out sections of the prostate using a laser and end cutting fibers and then removing those segments with a device called a morcellator.

A less common alternative for the treatment of BPH, Diode Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (DILEP) must be performed in an operating room environment and typically requires overnight stay as it is a more involved procedure than vaporization.  Regardless, where the decision may be made that enucleation is the preferred treatment option for the case, the Pathfinder diode laser delivers all of the same benefits to the hospital including; portability (110V power), compact design, ease of use (including pre-set enucleation settings), and affordability of the laser device and consumable fibers.  In comparison to performance benefits versus other lasers which enucleate, the Pathfinder boasts high ablation rates (tissue removal) with durable coagulation, which enhances visibility and reduces total treatment time for this procedure.

For more information on how the Pathfinder TURP laser can enhance the quality of patient care while reducing operational costs, contact the team at Surgical Lasers Inc. today.