The funds within the Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA) now known as MIRI-Grant Funds, are the result of private practice billings. Funds will be distributed through the MIRI-Grants Program and are open for application to all Mackay Hospital and Health Service employees only.
The goal is to support new ideas for research and implementation, education and training and ensure that the required support, time and resources are available; leading to the completion of a project or a national or international funding grant application or publication.
The MIRI-Grants Committee invites applicants to present proposals for research in practice and policy and issues relevant in regional health.
Coronary calcification complicates the delivery and expansion of stents and is a risk factor for major adverse cardiovascular events such as cardiac death or myocardial infarction. Intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) provides a variation to currently available percutaneous coronary interventions by delivering an acoustic pressure wave within the balloon to modify calcium, and in doing so enhancing vessel accessibility and providing a better environment for stent deployment. IVL has shown safety and effectiveness in multicentre studies, and our study will confirm the benefits of IVL in the context of our local facility for optimising stent implantation in calcified coronary lesions.