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Australia takes the first steps to improving radiation safety

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the first steps in what we hope will be a dramatic shift in Australian hospitals seeking to safeguard interventionalists from potentially harmful radiation while performing lifesaving procedures. 

For decades, interventionalists have relied on heavy lead aprons to protect themselves from radiation. But aprons only offer partial protection, and over time, their weight takes a physical toll, causing everything from fatigue to serious, career-shortening injuries. 

On our mission to improve health in Australia and New Zealand, we came across Rampart, a revolutionary new technology, which was born out of Dr Bob Fosters’ need to find a solution that would enable him to continue his career, following disk injuries caused by wearing heavy lead aprons that left him out of the cath lab for 2 years.

Dr Foster worked with a team of designers and engineers to create a fully adjustable and portable system that provides proven, full-bodied, radiation protection for doctors and their technicians, all without the need for lead aprons. On being introduced to this product, Wilhelm seized upon the opportunity to bring this down under and became the exclusive representative for Rampart in Australia and New Zealand.

In a first for Queensland and Australia, Brisbanes’ The Prince Charles Hospital recently installed Rampart into its Cardiac Catheter Laboratory. Prince Charles Hospital Interventional Cardiologist, Dr Rustem Dautov, who worked collaboratively with Metro North Health to introduce the innovative technology after seeing prominent US interventionalist Dr Stéphane Rinfret, using the technology.

Also, in a world first, Dr Brendan Steinfort and his team are the first Neuro Interventional Team in the world to use Rampart when performing complex neurological procedures. 

Rampart requires no building works, is easily relocatable and its’ superior technology not only protects the operator, but also the assistant, the scrub nurse, the radiographer and anyone else who remains behind the Rampart shield. 

These are just two small steps in what we hope will become a movement to improve interventionalist safety in facilities across Australia, New Zealand and the world into the future. 

To find out more about Rampart, contact us here.