NSLHD News October 15 2021

Staff at the RNSH Operating Suite

Perioperative Nurses Week 2021 Royal North Shore Hospital’s

affects the cardiovascular system and can exacerbate chronic cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. “Considering that cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes, we think it’s critical to better define the link between obstructive sleep apnoea and cardiovascular disease,” he said. “By broadening our understanding of the relationship between the two conditions, we’ll be in a better position to develop a new targeted approach to therapy to address this deadly duo. “We anticipate more than 500 patients will be involved in the five-year research program, where we will apply state of the art technology to study sleep in the home chocolates, cook-at-home burger kits from The Greens North Sydney, a jelly bean guessing competition, and vouchers. Clinical Nurse Consultant at RNSH’s Operating Suite Rebecca Fox said while COVID-19 restrictions limited staff from all coming together to celebrate, the amount of donations and prizes showed staff just how

much they are valued. “Our perioperative nurses and operations assistants work diligently to provide the best care to our patients,” she said. “It was a challenge to see everyone’s smiles behind their masks, but I can guarantee everyone was beaming from ear-to-ear.”

Operating Suite recently celebrated Perioperative Nurses Week to recognise the hard work of the dedicated team of nurses and operations assistants (OAs). There were many treats for the staff during the week long celebrations. These included a donation of lolly bags from the Corner Shop,

Research to confirm link between sleep apnoea and cardiovascular disease The federal government

announced new funding for research which will see close to $2.5 million invested in a program based at RNSH to identify treatments for those with sleep apnoea and cardiovascular diseases. Director of the Sleep Investigation Laboratory within the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Professor Peter Cistulli will lead the research investigating the emerging evidence around the link between obstructive sleep apnoea and cardiovascular disease. Known as the silent killer, obstructive sleep apnoea affects approximately one billion people globally. It is a chronic disease where the throat passage repeatedly closes during sleep, causing low oxygen levels. Professor Cistulli said we know that this condition

Sleep Medicine Professor Peter Cistulli

setting. “I am delighted to receive this funding to continue to build my CardioSleep Research Program, which will involve local, national and international collaborators, including scientists, cardiologists, and respiratory physicians from Royal North Shore Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. “This success is testament to the talented team of individuals I have the pleasure of working with.”



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