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Advances, Problems, Solutions: Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia meeting.

In March, the Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia (IRSA) hosted the Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology scientific meeting in New Zealand for the first time. It was held at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland.

The society meets regularly to encourage international exchange of knowledge vital to cardiovascular and interventional radiology among radiologists, interventional radiologists and individuals in related fields, in countries of the Asia Pacific region.

They bring together those working in related fields to improve the level of clinical practice and research regarding cardiovascular and interventional radiology.

The theme of the meeting was "Advances, Problems, Solutions" which is at the forefront in the development of the programme.

Numerous world experts travelled to Auckland to participate in the meeting along with other international interventional societies and the Vascular Society of New Zealand, who held combined sessions with Interventional Radiology, highlighting the latest in vascular and endovascular advances.

On the opening day of the meeting there were "live cases" from Auckland City Hospital Interventional Radiology (prostate artery embolisation) and from Singapore (microwave ablation of liver tumour and trans-arterial chemo-embolisation of liver tumour (TACE).

Topics covered by the many speakers--who often had only 10 or 15 minutes for their presentation--included safety in the Interventional Radiology room, trans-jugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) and other portal vein interventions, non-stroke Interventional neuro-radiology, obstetric and gynaecological interventions, advanced embolisation, women in Interventional Radiology and many, many more.

On the third day of the meeting there was, for the first time, a session devoted to nurse and medical radiation technologist (MRT) speakers. Perioperative Nursing College (PNC) member Fiona Unag from the Hawkes Bay spoke to a mixed audience about "Enhancing Nurse-led Pre-angiography Assessment" and a "Team Approach for Minimising Contrast Induced Nephropathy for Patient's with an eGFR of 15-29". She was followed by Auckland PNC member Gill Martin talking on "The Importance of Continued Education for Nurses and MRT."

Throughout the meeting there were other nurse speakers covering such topics as "Radial Access for Interventional Radiology procedures," "Portacath Insertion" and "The Radiology Lounge" by Mike McAleer (Mercy Angiography, Auckland), "Advances in Central Venous Access Device (CVAD) Securement, an Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) experience" by Samantha Cotton and "Inventory Management in Interventional Radiology" by Tracy Nicholls (ADHB).

PNC member Bron Taylor, also from Auckland, spoke in a session entitled "The Hybrid operating Room". Bron explained why the Hybrid set-up is different to that of both a conventional operating room and an Interventional Radiology room.

This conference was an exhausting three and a half days, which included 480 presentations, in 67 sessions, presenters from 26 countries and live cases from three countries, culminated in a session entitled "Intervention without a Bungy!"--a series of presentations highlighting success and disasters which encouraged audience participation with questions, solutions and comments along with congratulations when the disaster turned into a success.

Throughout the meeting, the speakers continually reinforced the theme of the meeting, talking of advances in techniques and practices, solving of problems and the finding of solutions to any number of issues, be they clinical, managerial or of life in radiology in general.

A final presentation was an invitation to attend APSCVIR 2019 in Bali, Indonesia.
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Title Annotation:conference report
Author:Martin, Gillian
Publication:The Dissector: Journal of the Perioperative Nurses College of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Jun 1, 2018
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