LDS Hospital played a leading role in pioneering a pulmonary function laboratory
and setting up the first shock/trauma intensive care unit (ICU). In
conjunction with the University of Utah, LDS created a program in occupational
and environmental health and critical care. Life Flight by helicopter
or fixed-wing aircraft speeded up the initiation of critical care.
of hemodialysis for renal failure prolonged many lives, but kidney transplants
eventually proved not only more effective but also less expensive. The
first renal transplant in Utah was performed at Salt Lake General Hospital in 1965, and the patient was still living in 1992.
Dr. Willem J.
Kolff, the originator of hemodialysis, the artificial kidney, and artificial
heart, joined the University of Utah Medical Center in 1968. This major
boost to the artificial organs program resulted in the implanting of
an artificial heart in dentist Barney Clark in 1982. Pioneering artificial
eyes, ears, and arms have been additional tangible results.
Dr. Ray Rumel
was the pioneer thoracic surgeon. His removal of a lobe of the lung
for cancer at LDS Hospital, resulting in a nineteen-year survival for
the patient, was a truly innovative procedure in 1942. Then came open-heart
surgery to correct congenital cardiac abnormalities and to replace defective
valves. Reconstruction of narrowed blood vessels, aorta, renal arteries,
and coronary arteries prevented many complications of arteriosclerosis.
in thoracic surgery led to the formation of a team of surgeons doing
heart transplants in four hospitals. The survival rate of 90 percent
one year after surgery in 412 transplants performed from 1985 to 1992
is one of the best in the country.
deserves credit for developing the most sophisticated system of utilizing
computers in total patient care, making LDS Hospital a model for the