Cardiologists object to another hospital’s cardiac plans in Sarasota, Florida.


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“Sarasota Herald Tribune” (front page)

By Barbara Peters Smith

Published: Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 21, 2011 at 3:53 p.m.

“They said they do not want to attempt the complex procedure at the small, 147-bed (“Doctor Hospitalhttp://doctorsofsarasota.com/) hospital, which does not have a surgical unit to handle complications.”

SARASOTA COUNTY – Two Sarasota interventional cardiologists who perform stent procedures in heart patients to unblock arteries say they are opposed to a plan by Doctors Hospital of Sarasota to add a cardiac stent program there.

The specialists would not allow their names to be used, citing the political nature of the controversy. They said they do not want to attempt the complex procedure at the small, 147-bed hospital, which does not have a surgical unit to handle complications.

They have been meeting privately with colleagues to discuss what they see as a threat to patient safety.

Aside from objections to the lack of surgical backup, the doctors said, they worry about the prospect of working with less experienced teams who only handle a small volume of cases. And they said the new program is not needed, even for heart emergencies, when the 806-bed Sarasota Memorial Hospitalhttp://www.smh.com/ has a cardiac catheterization lab nine minutes away from Doctors.

Responding to written questions, Doctors Hospital emailed a statement Friday saying the program will start this year. “For patients experiencing a heart attack, this means we will be prepared to open the blocked artery … within 90 minutes of the patient’s arrival at the hospital,” spokeswoman Melissa Morgan wrote. “In other cases, our credentialed interventional cardiologists can diagnose the blockage and unblock the artery before a heart attack occurs.”

The hospital did not say whether any cardiologists had committed to the program, or what the transfer plan is for stent patients needing emergency surgery.

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