Virtual Teaching Lab

November 4th, 2012

Donors have completed the funding of a television production and broadcast centre that will enable health-care professionals around the world to learn about life-saving procedures pioneered at St. Paul’s.

The Virtual Teaching Laboratory (VTL) is used to broadcast procedures at St. Paul’s to lecture theatres inside the hospital and locations around the world. Through this technology, St. Paul’s cardiologists and cardiac surgeons can share their knowledge with thousands of health-care professionals at a time, without having to leave the hospital.

“This is a fabulous development that will allow physicians elsewhere to observe our new transcatheter aortic-valve procedures where they would not otherwise have the opportunity,” says Dr. John Webb, director of interventional cardiology at St Paul’s. “We will be able to review our new procedures and see how we can continue to do better.”

Many of the procedures broadcast by the VTL will be performed by Webb. He is recognized internationally as a pioneer and teacher of transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI), a minimally invasive procedure in which a replacement heart valve is inserted through a small incision and threaded up to the heart through an artery.

St. Paul’s Foundation thanks all the donors who helped complete the $500,000 fundraising campaign.