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The UK Thoracic Aortic Group was set up to correlate experiences and data between the specialist aortic services across the UK

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Geoff Tsang – Southampton Hospital


Aortic Dissection

Aortic dissection awareness

Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland is the Patient Association for people affected by Aortic Dissection and their families.

We are the voice of Aortic Dissection patients in the UK & Ireland. Our work involves raising awareness of Aortic Dissection, its diagnosis and treatment; providing vital friendship, support and advice for patients and family members; encouraging research into the condition; and working with healthcare providers to ensure that best practice diagnosis and care for Aortic Dissection are implemented consistently across the UK & Ireland.

Membership of the Association is free to patients, relatives, and carers who have been affected by Aortic Dissection, and healthcare professionals with an interest in Aortic Dissection.

Our motto is “Today is a Good Day!“

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Think Aorta Blog Film

Pictured left to right; Chris Walsh Head of RCEM eLearning, Pamela Struthers Survivor of Aortic Dissection, Catherine Fowler Vice Chair Aortic Dissection Awareness, Emma Redfurn Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety BUH, Miss Deborah Harrington Consultant Cardiac and Aortic Surgeon LHCH, Professor Mark Callaway Medical Director, Royal College of Radiology.

Statistics show that a diagnosis of Aortic Dissection is considered in only half of patients who present with this fatal condition. One-third of patients with an Aortic Dissection are actively treated in Emergency Medicine for an incorrect diagnosis such as a heart attack or gastritis.

Aortic Dissection is not a difficult condition to diagnose when you have a heightened suspicion and are aware enough to THINK AORTA in the first instance. Experience shows that if Emergency Departments educate staff about Aortic Dissection and lower the barriers to CT scanning, lives will be saved.

Omar Nawaytou of Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital was inspired by the THINK AORTA campaign and came up with the concept of an Aortic Dissection educational film that could be embedded into every induction within Emergency Departments across the UK.

Taking the idea into action, Catherine Fowler of Aortic Dissection Awareness (UK & Ireland) took on the initiative to create and lead a collaboration between SCTS, Royal College of Emergency Medicine & Royal College of Radiology to develop a learning experience for Emergency Medicine providing valuable perspectives across the patient pathway.  Pamela Struthers (patient of Deborah Harrington LHCH) shares her personal story, where she survived an acute aortic dissection following a delayed diagnosis.

The learning material will be released on the RCEM eLearning platform in May 2019. As it is an open access platform, materials are available for you to access, share and encourage your colleagues in radiology and emergency medicine to adopt and embed.

Together we can make a difference to inspire and accelerate the needed change to save lives.

Click here for the RCEM learning paper on aortic dissection