Hollywood surgical skills set to save lives in Thailand
Jun 16, 2014
Hollywood Private Hospital has shared its angiography expertise with a Thai medical team in what promises to be the first of many global skill-sharing partnerships.
Dr Chartrungsan, a cardiovascular thoracic surgeon from Lampang Hospital, spent two days enhancing his endovascular surgery skills under internationally renowned vascular surgeon Kishore Sieunarine.
Mr Sieunarine said the Thai surgeon and his two scrub nurses learnt many practical skills they intended applying in their regional centre.
"Essentially the experience was about the Thai medical team witnessing best-practice in our angiography facilities," he said.
"We demonstrated a range of endovascular procedures and the team learnt about our strategies to overcome potential issues.
"Dr Chartrungsan will take these practical learnings and translate them to the Thai environment - the overall aim being to increase efficiency and improve outcomes for local patients.
The training program involved observing live cases and was focused on stenting and angioplasty techniques to treat a range of endovascular conditions including potentially fatal aneurysms.
Dr Chartrungsan said the opportunity to train with Mr Sieunarine at Hollywood Private Hospital enabled him to develop tangible life-saving medical skills.
"The hospital has a great team focus so it was vital my team learns from this. It will definitely mean we can improve our procedural processes and delivery of care to our patients," he said.
The training covered procedural efficiency, focusing on how the hospital's Angiography Suite team manages resources, patient flow and radiation safety.
"Teamwork is an important component in any hospital procedural area," Mr Sieunarine said.
"The Thai medical team not only learnt in an excellent facility but also witnessed some of the most efficient nursing and support staff in action."
Dr Daniel Heredia, Director of Medical Services Hollywood Private Hospital, said the hospital was delighted to host the medical team.
"We are excited about the opportunity to impart our knowledge and expertise with our Thai visitors.
"One of Hollywood Private Hospital's core values is 'contribution to the community' and we see our community as being one that extends beyond Australian borders," said Dr Heredia.
The training took place in Hollywood Private Hospital's Angiography Suite on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 June 2014.
Mr Kishore Sieunarine is a vascular and endovascular surgeon, trained in the UK and at multiple sites in Australia. He is trained in all types of endovascular procedures including stenting and fenestrated grafting for arterial and venous disease. Mr Sieunarine remains committed to ongoing professional development and, in 2012, became one of first surgeons in Western Australia to use the innovative Zenith p-Branch graft for large and difficult aortic aneurysms of the abdomen. Mr Sieunarine offers patients a full complement of clinical, diagnostic and procedural services. He performs all open and endovascular procedures from the carotid arteries to the below knee arteries. Special areas of interest include aneurysmal disease, carotid disease and below knee arterial disease, and diabetic foot disease. He offers a comprehensive service for venous disease from compression stockings to sclerotherapy, thermal ablation options and surgery.
Hollywood Private Hospital's Angiography Suite contains some of the most advanced medical imaging in Western Australia and accommodates most of the hospital's cardiology and vascular procedures within its three cardiac catheter labs. With this advanced technology offering increased efficiency and safety to patients and doctors, it allows prompt and accurate diagnosis, as well as high-resolution image-guided assistance during procedures. Patients will experience the benefits of the facility in terms of speed, safety, efficiency and comfort. The suite includes Siemens Artis Zeego technology with its Multi-axis cardiovascular imaging system, and the Syngo iPilot and iGuide systems. Both systems provide three-dimensional imaging during complex interventions with the aim of increasing the accuracy and safety of procedures.
Hollywood Private Hospital is a contemporary, 660 bed, acute care hospital in Nedlands. The hospital is a part of Ramsay Health Care Group – Australia's largest private hospital operator and has over 800 accredited medical specialists working across a wide range of disciplines including orthopaedics, urology, cardiology, psychiatry, oncology, gastroenterology, palliative care, rehabilitation, general medicine and general surgery. Hollywood Private Hospital employs over 1,800 people and has over 60,000 patient admissions each year.