FSH live-streams heart surgery

Conference stage with surgeons pictured on TV screens overhead
Live-steam surgery from FSH to the ANZET convention at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
August 28, 2017

More than 500 people at the recent Australia and New Zealand Endovascular Therapies (ANZET) Convention observed four heart surgeries, streamed in real-time from Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH).

The live-streamed surgeries were part of a panel discussion, and delegates had the opportunity to ask questions while the procedures were taking place.

FSH Cardiology Head of Service Jamie Rankin said the live-streaming was well-received, which was testament to the successful collaboration between the Cardiology unit and the AV Services team.

Senior Service Technician Tristan Kinnane said this was the first time in the convention’s 11 year history that the surgeries were streamed using a hospital’s in-house systems.

“It was a technical milestone for us and the end result was great,” Tristan said.

“Historically ANZET use an outside company to run the live-stream, which involved a lot of cables and camera-men. We knew we had the expertise and equipment available to do it in-house.”

“We streamed the vision using modern methods which was managed remotely.”

In another first, more than 90 people attended the inaugural Structural Heart Nurses Symposium at FSH, which was part of the ANZET convention.

Organiser, FSH Clinical Nurse Coordinator Jenny Turner, said the premise of the day was to provide the best clinical information available.

“As more nurses become involved in the coordinating role around Australia and New Zealand, there was a need of a national, in-depth, educational meeting,” Jenny said.

The symposium showcased multi-disciplinary speakers from FSH who presented current, evidence-based practices and methods.

“I wanted to impress that it takes a multi-disciplinary team to run a successful trans-catheter aortic valve implantation program and provide exceptional care.”

“At FSH, around 50 per cent of our patients go home on day one which is a sign of an efficient program,” she said.