Decentralisation of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation- a review of
outcomes and experiences in developing a service in Remote Australia
The introduction of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) has
transformed interventional cardiology and minimally invasive cardiac
surgery. TAVI is a relatively new technique that is rapidly expanding in
its indications and technology as well as places of practice.
De-centralisation of this previous supra-specialised procedure can be
done safely and efficaciously, to improve the health inequalities across
regional and remote Australia. The purpose of this study is to detail
the introduction of the TAVI program at a geographically isolated
tertiary hospital in regional Australia. Illustrating the safe
introduction of TAVI in this location may guide other isolated hospitals
on the introduction of the service.