This big blue bus located on the south end of the fairgrounds isn't you typical fair booth exhibit. For the 3rd year in a row, the Avera Heart Hospital has partnered with Boston Scientific to bring this Simulated Mobile Cath Lab to the Sioux Empire Fair.
Avera Heart Hospital Cath Lab RN Larry Hofmeister says, "There are only 2 of these buses that Boston Scientific takes around and they are typically used to teach cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and cath lab nurses on. It's very rare for the public to go inside and what happens in a cath lab. It's virtually impossible to get a behind the scenes look at where surgeries or cath lab procedures occur in the medical arena.
Sharon and Jerry Kost from Olivet went through the SimSuite. Sharon says, "Well, I'm 61 years old and heart disease is very common in our American society so I thought the more I know about something I may possible need to go through is useful. Plus, the more I understand something the less scary it is."
Angie Volk with Boston Scientific explains how a stent placing with a catheter works, "A stent is a tiny mesh tube you put in place in the artery for someone who has blockage. An interventional cardiologist like the ones you have at the Avera Heart Hospital insert the tiny stents that are placed on a balloon catheter through the artery in the groin. It travels up and over the arch into the artery that's clogged in the hold. The balloon is inflated with saline and they typically hold it in place for 10-30 seconds. Deflate the balloon, pull out the catheter and the stent is left in place."
It's scaffolding for your heart, but even better this demonstration adds all kinds of knowledge for your heart.
The bus will be out at the Sioux Empire Fair on THURSDAY from 10:00am- 6:00pm and then heads out of town. It's located between the Pancake House and the Expo Building. The tour through the mobile cath lab is FREE.