Heart Procedures Safe at De Los Santos Medical Center’s CathLab

  • Feb 15
At De Los Santos Medical Center (DLSMC), patients can ease their pandemic fears as strict measures are consistently practiced to ensure that visiting the hospital is very safe even for those undergoing cardiac procedures.
The De Los Santos Medical Center CathLab, which celebrates its third anniversary this month, is one such unit dedicated in providing a safe environment for its cardiac patients, both adult and pediatric. “Safety is of utmost importance in our unit,” says Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Danilo S. Santos, who is also Unit Head of the DLSMC CathLab. “We clean and sterilize the whole CathLab after every procedure which takes two hours. We don’t overlap our cases. We are also proud to say that no CathLab staff has ever been diagnosed with Covid-19 due to our strict social distancing and adherence to policies set by the Infection Control Committee.  We have a clear, definitive, and standardized protocol that is available to every health care provider,” says Dr. Santos. All staff are also regularly screened for Covid-19 symptoms and by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests to ensure mutual safety between healthcare workers and patients.
Dr. Santos recalls that CathLab operations never ceased even during the Enhanced Community Quarantine last year. They continued to perform procedures such as Coronary Angiogram, Coronary Angioplasty, Pacemaker Insertion, 4-Vessel Cerebral Angiogram, and Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage (PTBD). They also conducted Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) device closure on 100 children in 2020. “Before we did any procedure, we made sure that patients were Covid-negative after undergoing RT-PCR testing prior to admission. For emergency cases, we wear Level IV personal protective equipment (PPEs). Operators and staff are also aware of the donning and doffing practices for PPEs according to instructions and mandate by the Infection Control Committee,” notes Dr. Santos.

According to DLSMC Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nilo C. de los Santos, “We will continue to follow the rules and guidelines set forth when it comes to patients’ and healthcare workers' safety towards Covid-19. We will ensure that all our doctors and staff are always safe and protected. We will never stop supporting all the endeavors of the CathLab and the entire Cardiac Interventional team.”

The DLSMC Management has also been very supportive of the CathLab since its launch in February 2018. Dr. Santos says, “There is solid departmental education and professional development such as cross-training programs for nurses and radiology technicians that improve their knowledge and expand their skills.” Add to that the continuing medical education for its doctors which included two Chronic Total Occlusion Workshops in 2018 and 2019 with Japanese Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Shozo Ishihara who trained and assisted local operators in handling difficult cases.

Aside from adult and pediatric interventional cardiologists, the CathLab is also composed of other specialists including an Electrophysiologist, Interventional Radiologist and Interventional Nephrologist. This enables the CathLab to perform specialized procedures such as Temporary and Permanent Pacemaker Insertion, Pulse Generator Replacement, Cerebral Coiling, and Hemodialysis Access Management.  Its nurses, radiology technicians and orderlies are some of the most enthusiastic staff in the hospital, with a willingness to learn and grow in their profession.
With 776 adult and 212 pediatric cases thus far successfully carried out in the past three years, the DLSMC CathLab hopes to further expand its roster of physicians and specialists and variety of procedures to provide patients a most comprehensive facility for their cardiac care needs. In addition, it keeps to its commitment to providing affordable services and a safe environment for all.
For inquiries about DLSMC CathLab services, contact 889-DSLMC (35762) ext. 3550 or visit the DLSMC official website www.delossantosmed.ph and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DeLosSantosMedicalCenterOfficial. You may also send an email to productinfo@dlsmc.ph.

At 3 years old and counting, the DLSMC CathLab continues to provide quality, affordable and safe healthcare due to its strict safety protocols and procedures. In photo is Interventional Cardiologist and DLSMC CathLab Unit Head Dr. Danilo S. Santos (right) performing a coronary angiogram.