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PAH perfusionists leading the way

28 June 2019

Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) specialist training for cardiac anaesthetists offering a higher-level training in cardiac perfusion has resulted in new recognition as a Perfusion Centre of Excellence.

PAH Deputy Director of Anaesthesia, Cardiac and Perfusion, Dr Francesca Rawlins, says the point of difference at PAH is inspiring other hospitals to adopt our clinical model.

“At PAH, all our perfusionists are already cardiac anaesthetists, meaning that during heart surgery there are two anaesthetists in the theatre to assist each other should the need arise.

“Our perfusionists have been hosting training at the PAH to fellow cardiac anaesthetists for several years and are responsible for having trained the Gold Coast University Hospital team upon opening their Cardiac unit,” she said.

Most perfusionists have a science background, whereas upskilling cardiac anaesthetists is a different pathway but proving effective for PAH.

“As PAH is now recognised as a Perfusion Training Centre by the Australasian Society of Medical Perfusionists, we are able to offer more advanced training out of the cardiac theatres here on a bi-annual basis.

“For the first time, we have also been loaned a high-fidelity simulator so we are able to train for potential crisis during heart surgery in a more life-like way.”

Cardiac Anaesthetists from Gold Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Townsville Hospital joined PAH perfusionists over the weekend to undertake the training.

Anaesthetic Provisional Fellow, Adrian Pregelj, was excited to attend the training not commonly offered in Queensland.  

“As far as I’m aware, there is not a lot of training such as this around for perfusionists so it’s a great opportunity at PA Hospital.

“Having a safe environment for this high-fidelity training and to be surrounded by different people with different experience to troubleshoot potential crisis situations is very beneficial for myself and fellow perfusionists,” he said.

The high fidelity simulator will be available to PAH twice a year to host training sessions within the cardiac theatres.

Last updated 28 June 2019
Last reviewed 28 June 2019

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