In­jec­tion of fresh ideas

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By DENISE S CAHILL

RE­SEARCHER Pete Carr wants to elim­i­nate the pain and anx­i­ety peo­ple get from nee­dles.

Since 2006, Mr Carr has worked on re­duc­ing the num­ber of failed at­tempts at in­sert­ing in­tra­venous nee­dles and those that fail pre­ma­turely.

“We know that up to 35 per cent of pa­tients can sus­tain a first at­tempt fail­ure and once there’s a suc­cess­ful in­ser­tion, up to 40 per cent will fail pre­ma­turely be­fore treat­ment is com­plete,” the UWA lec­turer said.

“We want ev­ery­one to get first at­tempt suc­cess and we want to re­duce post-in­ser­tion fail­ure.

“We fo­cus on the emer­gency depart­ment first be­cause it takes ev­ery pa­tient en­tity we would see and if we get it on the first oc­ca­sion for pa­tients, then we’ll have a huge im­pact on the hos­pi­tal stay and sub­se­quent health care.”

Mr Carr re­cently re­ceived a $10,000 City of Perth schol­ar­ship from the Perth Con­ven­tion Bu­reau As­pire Pro­gram and is us­ing it to at­tend the 4th World Congress on Vas­cu­lar Ac­cess in Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal, this week.

He will use the op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the first vas­cu­lar ac­cess con­fer­ence in Perth next May.

Mr Carr said he hoped to get about 500 re­searchers, clin­i­cians and pa­tient sup­port groups to the Aus­tralian Vas­cu­lar Ac­cess So­ci­ety 2nd Sci­en­tific Meet­ing at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, where he will be the sci­en­tific con­venor.

The PhD stu­dent also hopes to at­tend con­fer­ences in Ox­ford and Michi­gan with the schol­ar­ship money.

Mr Carr said he em­i­grated from Ire­land with his wife and chil­dren be­cause Aus­tralia was the world leader in vas­cu­lar ac­cess.

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