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Program – Perfusion Downunder Winter Meeting 2014



Wednesday 6th August 2014
0900 – 1400


Perfusion Downunder Collaboration Data Managers Meeting
(by invitation working – lunch provided)
1500 Registration Desk Opened
1600 – 1625
Afternoon Tea
1625 – 1635
Welcome – “Perfusion Downunder” 2014
Tim Willcox
1635 – 1800
Session 1:

The Systemic Inflammatory Response
Moderator: Rob Baker

20 years on: is it time to redefine the systemic inflammatory response to cardiothoracic surgery?
Clive Landis – Barbados

“SIR in paediatric cardiac surgery – 10 years on”
Yves Durandy – France

Panel Discussion: What are you actively doing to minimise the SIR in your practice?

1800 – 1830 Break
1830 – 1930 Session 2:

The Prof Merry Lecture
Moderator: Alan Merry

“The end of the Beginning…”
Guest Lecturer: Wayne M Pearson – Australia

1930 Welcome Dinner – La Rumbla – Arrowtown
Thursday 7th August 2014
0800 – 0830
0830 – 1000
Session 3:

Oxygen Matters
Moderator: Tim Wilcox

“Acute kidney injury in cardiac surgery: perfusion-related factors”
Marco Ranucci – Italy

“Oxygen secrets from the PDUC database “
Rob Baker /Richard Newland – Adelaide

Panel Discussion: Should DO2 drive your perfusion, what needs to change!

1000 – 1030 Morning Tea – Poster Presentation Viewing
1030 – 1200
Session 4:

Brain Protection
Moderator: Michael McDonald

“Protecting the brain in the aging cardiac patient: delerium”
David Scott – Australia

“Protecting the Brain During High Risk Aortic Surgery”
Hilary Grocott – Canada

Panel Discussion: Are all patients brains “high risk”?

1200 – 1300 Lunch
1300 – 1445
Session 5:
Moderator: Tim Wilcox

“The life of a research scientist in the Caribbean”
Clive Landis – Barbados

Free Papers

1445 – 1515 Afternoon Tea – Moderated Poster Presentations
1515 – 1700
Session 6:

The World Within and Beyond
Moderator: Simon Mitchell

“The Strange Subatomic World of the Quantum”
David Sidebotham – New Zealand

“Peeling Back the Cosmos”
Grant Christie – New Zealand

1900 Dinner – Sasso – Queenstown
Friday 8th August 2014
0730 – 0830


0830 – 1000
Session 7:

Driving for Change
Moderator: Rob Baker, Richard Newland

“Cognitive Change – Measuring and Monitoring the Brain in Cardiac Surgery”
David Scott – Australia

Glimpses of what we do: the PDUC Dataset
PDUC Quality Improvement Project
Hyperthermia and AKI
Preoperative Anemia: how it affects our patients

Richard Newland – Australia
Rob Baker – Australia

1000 – 1030 Morning Tea
1030 – 1200
Session 8:

Cerebral outcome 2014 – are we any the wiser?
Moderator: Ghaz Jabur

“Optimizing Outcomes After Cardiac Surgery Using Cerebral Oximetry”
Hilary Grocott – Canada

“Emboli and the brain in cardiac surgery: bad actors or much ado about nothing?”
Simon Mitchell – New Zealand

Panel Discussion: Are all patients brains “high risk”?

1200 – 1300 Lunch
1300 – 1700
Session 9:

Teambuilding Activity

“A multidisciplinary approach to the management of hypothermia”
The continuing element of safety and teamwork in the PDU programmes – either didactic or experiential is the focus of the Teambuilding Activity.

This session will be a series of problem solving task-based activities in a challenging winter mountain environment on the Cadrona range in central Otago. Delegates will be assigned to teams comprising a cross section of disciplines from the cardiac operating room and include members from different centres . Teams will appoint a team leader who must not have a leadership role in their working environment. Each team will have an allotted time to complete their various challenges and they receive points for each activity they complete. Each activity displays different skill-sets and points are allotted accordingly based on team-work, strategy, creativity, speed and execution.

At the end of this Inter-Activity, teams will have enjoyed a fantastic experience in the snow whilst also obtaining a real sense of accomplishment and a greater understanding of themselves and their team mates.

1700 Après Activity – an early dinner at the Cardrona
Saturday 9th August 2014
0830 – 0900 Breakfast in Conference Room
0900 – 1030
Session 10:

Evidence and Guidelines: A Harmonious marriage or not!
Moderator: Simon Mitchell

“Evidence Based Medicine: Should we still worship at the altar?”
Sara Allen – New Zealand

“Attenuating the Systemic Inflammatory Response to Adult Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A Critical Review of the Evidence Base “
Clive Landis – Barbados

Panel Discussion: Evidence Based Medicine in the 21st Millennium

1030 – 1100 Morning Tea
1100 – 1230
Session 11:

White Lies and Red Wine
Moderator: Rob Young

“Publish and Perish? Ethics and Scholarship in Medical Publishing”
Sara Allen New Zealand

Alcohol and Atheroma
Alan Merry – New Zealand


1230 – 1330
1330 – 1500
Session 12:

Reducing the red stuff
Moderator: Hilary Grocott

Blood conservation: what’s happening with the non RBC’s
Rob Young Australia

“Anemia, severe bleeding, and transfusions: guilty for association?”
Marco Ranucci – Italy

Panel Discussion

1500 – 1530 Afternoon Tea
1530 – 1630
Session 13:
Moderator: Rob Baker

“Flight 447, Human Factors and lessons for the Cardiac OR”
Alan Merry – New Zealand

Closing Remarks
Tim Willcox

1930 Farewell Dinnner – Gantleys



Welcome to Perfusion Downunder Winter Meeting 2014



Call for Abstracts

You are invited to contribute a paper in any one of the themes outlined below. Abstracts must be submitted no later than the 1st June 2014.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Grading Committee and may be accepted to any part of the meeting. The Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to assign accepted papers to any of the presentation formats. All presentation formats will form integral elements of the Scientific Program. An author may submit more than one abstract.

Follow the guidelines exactly as abstracts will not be retyped. Abstracts not complying with the guidelines may be withdrawn by the Scientific Program Committee.

Abstracts are invited on all aspects of Perfusion and related topics, research and clinical papers are welcome.

Papers will be presented as either free short (10 min) or long papers (15 min), or included as a focus point in a workshop.

In addition topics for inclusion in symposium and workshops are sought from participants at all times.


Abstract format instructions:

  • See the example below and follow the format exactly. Title, authors and institutions must be included in the document you submit.
  • Select arial font type size 10.
  • Abstract word limit is 250. The word limit relates only to the text of the abstract and does not include title, authors and institutions.
  • The complete abstract must be no more than 15cm wide and 12cm in length.
  • Use single line spacing.
  • TITLE should be in UPPER CASE, bold and at the top of the abstract.
  • The name of the presenting author to be indicated by an underlining (Michael McDonald CCP (Aust), Robert A Baker CCP (Aust), Timothy Willcox CCP (Aust)). The authors’ names (Christian Middle initial Surname, highest degree) should be followed by the institution, city, country (Sentence case).
  • Abbreviations may be used but must be spelt out in full at the first mention followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
  • Please proof read your abstract carefully.



Jee-Yoong Leong MB BS, Vijit Cherian MCh, Robert A Baker PhD, John L Knight FRACS Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Unit, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, South Australia, AUSTRALIABackground. Aspirin is the main antiplatelet medication used in patients with coronary artery disease, however there is growing evidence that the use of the more potent clopidogrel, on its own or in combination with aspirin, has superior outcomes. Clopidogrel has also been shown to increase the risk of bleeding after coronary artery bypass graft surgery, which is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. We review the effect of the use of preoperative clopidogrel on bleeding-related complications after coronary artery bypass graft surgery in our institution. 

Methods. A retrospective analysis of all patients undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery at the Flinders Medical Centre between July 2000 and June 2003. A comparison was made between patients who received preoperative clopidogrel with those who did not receive it. Also, a comparison was made between patients who were on clopidogrel only, aspirin only and neither medication.

Results. A total of 919 patients were identified, of which 88 (9.6%) were on preoperative clopidogrel. Clopidogrel recipients had a higher volume of drain loss, were transfused more units of blood, and had longer intensive care unit and postoperative hospital stays than patients not exposed to clopidogrel.

Conclusions. In the three year period studied, the data from our institution showed an increased risk of bleeding, blood transfusion and resource utilization in patients who were on clopidogrel before coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

Abstract Submissions

Electronic abstracts submission is preferred.
Email completed abstract (word document) to abstracts@perfusiondownunder.com .
Include in your email the presenter’s name, address, and telephone number.


Email Submission to TimW@adhb.govt.nz 

or abstract may be mailed to:
Tim Willcox
Chief Perfusionist
Greenlane Perfusion
Auckland City Hospital
Private Bag 92024
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

If abstract is mailed please include a copy on cd of the abstract in word document format. Include the presenter’s name, address, email address and telephone number. 

Speaker Timeline
Deadline for receipt of abstracts
June 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance
June 16, 2014

Speaker Expenses
All presenters are required to pay their own registration, accommodation and travel expenses.