Getinge opens new acute care section in the Experience Center in Germany


Getinge has opened up a brand new acute care section focused on Cardiovascular Procedures in one of its Experience Centers located in Rastatt, Germany.

Here, customers have the possibility to learn more about the solutions that Getinge provides to not only aid in the Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG) procedure but the entire continuum of care.

In order to provide even better visualization of how Getinge’s products work together as therapy solutions, a new section has opened up at the Experience Center in Rastatt, Germany.

“We wanted to create an environment where visitors get to experience our Surgical Perfusion and Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH) products in relation to other product groups such as anesthesia and Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) in a realistic OR set-up,” says Stephanie Bertsch who is managing the Experience Center in Rastatt.

The CABG procedure was chosen to be in the focus as it includes many of these solutions. Patients requiring CABG have a blockage called stenosis in their coronary arteries that supplies the heart muscle with blood and oxygen.

“Because of the stenosis the heart is not sufficiently supplied with oxygen and the heart tissue starts to die over time which eventually, and if not treated, could lead to death. During a CABG procedure the surgeon uses a graft, harvested from the patient’s leg or lower arm, to bypass this stenosis,” explains Markus Stirner-Schilling, Senior Director Acute Care Therapies Global Commercial Operations at Getinge.

As Getinge aims at improving the cardiac surgery service even more to the customers –pre-operatively, intra-operatively and post-operatively – this new section will be a great place to showcase the complete portfolio.

“We will be able to share knowledge and do more hands-on workshops in an intensive care unit (ICU) environment and for example PICCO technology in combination with mechanical ventilation. We will also run workshops for operating room (OR) staff in combination with our anesthesia solutions from the Flow family,” tells Markus.

He adds: “Our portfolio offers a complete solution through the patient’s entire CABG pathway. With Cardiohelp or Cardiosave the patient gets stabilized before surgery while using the Pulsion technology for monitoring. During treatment, we have anesthesia machines, heart lung machines and perfusion disposables as well as the off pump surgery products. Surgeons can perform the procedure either on-pump or off-pump while the physician assistant utilizes Getinge’s Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System Hemopro 2 to harvest the vessel. In the ICU, recovery is supported with mechanical ventilation.”