Royal Columbian

The Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) in New Westminster British Columbia is a level 1 trauma center with 450 acute care beds and 12 OR’s. RCH is the primary acute care hospital within the Fraser Health region which services a population of 1.75 million people. RCH perform on average 970 open-heart cases per year. These are comprised of CABG’s, valve replacement/repairs, and complex aortic procedures. There are 13 perfusionists at RCH supporting all cardiac procedures including 170 IABP procedures, 435 cell savers and 20-30 ECLS cases per year. RCH is also the only 24/7 ECLS retrieval program in BC with custom built ECLS transport equipment designed for both ground and air transport. RCH is also a designated clinical training site for the BCIT perfusion technology program.
RCH has taken an innovative approach to its perfusion staffing model. We have adopted a larger staffing contingent than traditionally found in perfusion. This has not only allowed for work/life balance opportunities for staff, through flexible scheduling and strict fatigue management strategies, but has also shown improved cost and operational efficiencies for Fraser Health.

2019 Regional Meeting
June 13 to 16, 2019
St. Andrews, New Brunswick


National Perfusion Survey Report 2017
Roger Stanzel, Mark Henderson

Abbott iStat for Blood Gas Analysis
Roger Stanzel, Mark Henderson


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