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Sunday 1st September 2013


Perfusion Downunder Collaboration Data Managers Meeting (working lunch provided) (by invitation only)
1600-1615 Welcome – “Perfusion Downunder” 2013
Session 1:

Quality Improvement

Keynote address:
Developing and executing quality improvement projects

Donny Likosky

1715-1800 Break
1800-1900 Session 2:

The Prof Merry Lecture

The Third Man
Paul Myles

Welcome Dinnner – Fish n Chips on the beach
Monday 2nd September 2013


Breakfast in Conference Room


Teambuilding Briefing
Session 3:

This hands-on session will apply communication and innovation, using skill-based and deliberative knowledge-based levels of human performance to achieve effective timely solutions to a series of unexpected problems.

1100-1130 Recovery
Session 4:


Micro, Meso and Macrosystem. A Useful Framework for Quality Improvement, or just Alphabet Soup?
Donny Likosky

“Teamwork, Communication, and the Outcomes of Cardiac Surgery.”
Alan Merry

1300-1400 Lunch
Session 5:


Effective Management of Bleeding and Blood Loss in Cardiac Surgery
David Scott

Point of care coagulation monitoring during cardiac surgery
Rob Young

1530-1600 Afternoon Tea
Session 6:


PDUC blood management results: How are they achieved?
Rob Baker, Richard Newland

Dinner at the Oriental Restaurant
Tuesday 3rd September 2013


Breakfast in Conference Room
0800- 0930
Session 7:


Inflammation and the Brain – Changing Ideas
David A Scott

When to Paddle Upstream – Rare vs. Intermediate Outcomes
Donny Likosky

0930-1000 Morning Tea
Session 8:


Gastrointestinal complications in cardiac surgery
Sara Allen

Protecting the lungs during cardiac surgery
Rob Young

1130-1145 Leg Stretch
Session 9:

What outcome measures should be used in cardiac surgical outcome studies?
Paul Myles

1230-1330 Lunch
Session 10:

Bypass to Suit the Patient

Minimising Prime Volumes – An Anaesthetists Perspective
David A Scott

Minimising Prime Volumes – A Perfusionists Perspective
Tim Willcox

Balancing the Ions in your fluids.
Sara Allen

Myocardial protection – the effect of tailored cardioplegia on long term outcomes
Michael Poullis

1530-1545 Afternoon Tea
Session 11:Free Papers

Low state entropy scores on cardiopulmonary bypass and association with mortality and major morbidity.
Keshavan Kanesalingam, Orison Kim, Katrina A Kanesalingam.

Comparison of euroscore, euroscore ii and ausscore for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting in new zealand
TKM Wang, AY Li, T Ramanathan, GD Gamble, RAH Stewart, HD White

Real-time continuous pulse oximetry monitoring during normothermic pulsatile perfusion
Yves Durandy

Does changing the priming fluid of the heart-lung machine have clinical effects?
Matthew D Haydock, Cornelius Kruger, Timothy Willcox, David A Haydock

1700-1710 Leg Stretch
Session 12:

Influencing change and outcomes

“Formula 1 racing, red dogs and the Green Lane Way”
Alan Merry

Farewell Dinnner -Formal Garden



You are invited to contribute a paper in any one of the themes outlined below. Abstracts must be submitted no later than the 12th July 2013

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. The following focus topics may be of special interest:

  • Glucose management
  • Filtration / emboli
  • Circuit reduction / innovation
  • Blood /Coagulation management
  • Blood pressure management
  • Research Methods
  • ECMO
  • Perfusion methodology and new techniques

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.


IMPLEMENTING BENCHMARKING IN PERFUSION PRACTICE: RESULTS OF A MULTICENTRE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE. Robert A Baker*, PhD, CCP (Aust), Richard F Newland*, BSc, CCP (Aust), Carmel Fenton**, Dip Perf, CCP (Aust), ECCP (Europe), Michael McDonald# Dip Perf, CCP (Aust), Timothy W Willcox*** Dip Perf, CCP (Aust) and Alan F Merry## FANZCA,
For the Perfusion Downunder Collaboration.
*Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Unit, Department of Medicine, Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, **Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit, Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, #Perfusion Services, Cabrini Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, ***Green Lane Perfusion, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, ##Professor and Head of Department of Anaesthesiology, School of Medicine, Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand.
Background: The Perfusion Downunder Collaboration (PDUC) has established a multi-center perfusion focused database with the objectives of measuring and reporting clinical practice, and to facilitate clinical improvement through the introduction of benchmarking of quantitative quality indicators.
Methods: Data were collected using the PDUC database from procedures performed in 8 Australian and New Zealand cardiac centres between March 2007 and February 2012. Benchmarked quality indicator’s (QI) of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) management were: blood glucose ≥ 4 mmol/l and ≤ 10mmol/l; arterial outlet temperature ≤ 37oC; and arterial blood gas pCO2 ≥ 35 and ≤45 mmHg. The incidence of QI in our baseline procedural cohort (2007-2011) was compared with procedures after the introduction of benchmarking.
Results: Seven thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven procedures were evaluated to compare the incidence of QI before and after the introduction of benchmarking. The incidence of the blood glucose QI improved from 67% to 75% of procedures, with a benchmark value of 93.4%. The arterial outlet temperature QI improved from 61% to 75% of procedures with the benchmark of 99.7%; while the arterial pCO2 QI improved from 57 to 60%, with the benchmark value of 83.9%.
Conclusions: Participation in a multi-centre perfusion database that incorporates quantitative quality indicators facilitates clinical improvement through benchmarking.

Abstract Submissions

All abstracts must be submitted electronically.
Email completed abstract (word document) to
abstracts@perfusiondownunder.com .
Include in your email the presenter’s name, address, and telephone number.

Speaker Timeline
Deadline for receipt of abstracts
12th July 2013
Notification of acceptance
19th July 2013

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