Cardiothoracic Department

30 Jun 2014


The Cardiothoracic Department has now been serving Tasmania as the only tertiary referral unit for the last 21 years.

Last year, the Department reached a very important milestone. The unit has consistently produced excellent surgical results, and from July 2008 to December 2013, it had a zero per cent 30 day mortality for all isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Graft procedures (including primary, redo, elective and urgent). This is a series of 1000 patients and the robust database continues to grow, with results that made the unit feel proud and lucky at the same time. It would not have been possible without the excellent support of the referral teams, anaesthetists, perfusionists, theatre staff, critical care and ward staff. The state-wide cardiac rehabilitation system backs up the results.

Staff are also happy to inform that the unit has commenced a Valve and Aortic surgery follow-up clinic. This clinic will take place every Monday at the RHH. It has been specially initiated to follow up on the 2000 odd Valve and aortic procedures that have been carried out over the years. Given that the Cardiothoracic Unit is the only one in the state, this clinic provides an excellent opportunity for staff to study demographics, with diligent follow up data vital to such work.

The unit, in collaboration with the Menzies Institute, has started a Bicuspid Aortic Valve [BAV] registry. GPs are urged to direct any of the BAV patients or patients with aortic aneurysms to this registry so that the Cardiothoracic Unit can document the long term data on this group of patients in Tasmania.