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- Ehab S. Kasasbeh, MD⁎ ()
- ↵⁎Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Medicine, 1215 21st Avenue South, MCE, 5th Floor, Nashville, Tennessee 37232-8802
We read with interest the paper in the April issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions by Granada et al. (1). The authors describe a novel system using robotic assistance in a small cohort of patients. The authors explain the occupational hazards of the interventionalist appropriately and provide the benefits of such a technique. If this system makes it to the mass market, the advantages are quite obvious.
The concern is for the limitations of such a system, particularly those stemming from not being in the room with the patient. This is of worry, particularly when performing such a procedure as cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention. To alleviate patient anxiety, perhaps it would be beneficial to have a camera and 2-way microphone close to the face of the patient, something that could be done easily and without adding tremendous cost. Another issue is regarding the possible need for a safety mechanism to prevent “jerking” or otherwise accidental handling. Would it be prudent to have such a procedure to prevent unintentional movement?
With generations of kids growing up with game systems that use joysticks and other remote controlled movement devices, perhaps the future cardiologist (and even current ones) will be more adept to the technologies our future holds.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation