Asia's pre-eminent annual live course in cardiac interventions, Singapore LIVE (Live Interventions in in Vascular Endotherapy), held its first-ever virtual meeting on 22-23 January 2021. 

2021 marks the third decade of the SingLIVE Course, a monumental milestone since its humble beginning in 1989. This year also marks the course’s first-ever virtual meeting, in light of the challenging COVID-19 pandemic.

Attended by over 1,500 regional delegates from over 44 countries, the virtual meeting was held over two days, with over 30 hours of live programmes in 30 sessions, including nine live cases from overseas transmission centres as well as NHCS. The higher than expected turnout was a remarkable example of how the pandemic gave new impetus to innovative and novel ways of learning in a safe environment.

Transcending Borders, Empowering Learning

Singapore LIVE 2021 ONLINE continued to deliver concise and enhanced programme unique to the Asian population. Participants acquired new skills and techniques through live case transmissions from four major international Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) centres,
namely, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Switzerland; Medanta Hospital and Fortis Escorts Hospital, India; Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, China, and National Heart Centre Singapore. 

The global COVID-19 healthcare crisis has irrevocably changed the way healthcare professionals practice, and given rise to unique cases and learning opportunities in heart care. Unique cases from Asia-Pacific and Europe were shared by various experts to demonstrate the treatment of
ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients who were now presenting differently during the pandemic. 

Another key highlight of SingLIVE, the Training Village, also brought a totally new learning experience to participants with a procedure performed in a ‘beating heart’ simulation model; providing both the realism of an actual procedure, and the ability to visualise the actual mechanics involved in the complex procedure.

What’s next: The 31st Edition

The next SingLIVE will be happening on 20-22 January 2022 to continue to bring expertise on coronary interventions and structural heart interventions in the pursuit of improved skills and knowledge to provide better cardiac care to patients. Stay tuned for more information on SingLIVE 2022 (!

This article is from Murmurs Issue 38 (September – December 2020). Click here to read the full issue.