Monday, 28 March 2016

Cardiac Staff Matters 28/03/16

1. This year's annual meeting of the American Delirium Society will be held in Nashville, Tennessee June 1-3. An excellent program has been developed, with opportunities for education, networking, and this year, a barbecue at a real Nashville honky-tonk! More information can be found here. You can take advantage of the early registration discount if you register by March 31!

2. Accreditation is fast approaching: the countdown is now at 23 days! This week's information sheet gives information about the ROPs (Required Organizational Practices) that are important to know about. By reviewing the information sheet, you'll be prepared to answer any questions that may be asked.

3. Congratulations to Dr. Rakesh Arora on his promotion to full Professor jointly in the Department of Surgery, the Department of Anesthesia and the Department of Physiology & Pathophysiology (College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba).

4. Too much work and too much to think about are probably the reasons that lead to the following mistakes and bloopers which were assembled from medical charts!

- The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.

- The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.

- When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

- The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

- Healthy-appearing, decrepit 69 year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.

- The patient's past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

- He had a left-toe amputation one month ago. He also had a left-knee amputation last year.
Monday, 14 March 2016

Cardiac Staff Matters 14/03/16

1. The University of Manitoba, Department of Surgery is hosting a Grand Rounds presentation on March 16 from 0800 – 0900. The topic will be “How far have we come since the Cardiac Inquest?” and the invited speaker will be The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair. You can attend in person by going to the UM Bannatyne Campus in Theater C in the Basic Medical Sciences Building. Or tune into a live webcast! Once you’re on the page in the link, click on the globe/stethoscope on the right to join.

2. Dr. Amir Ravandi has received support for his research on blood analysis (looking at oxidized fats as markers to predict heart attach) from the Conrad & Evelyn Wyrzykowski Fund, through the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. Congratulations, Dr. Ravandi, on this well-deserved recognition!

3. Welcome to Rikki-Lee Fletcher, who started work in the SBH Cardiac Catheterization Lab recently. She comes to us from the Critical Care Relief Team, and we’re very happy to have her on board!

4. Farewell and good luck to Wade Morrison, Health Care Aide, who retired from the Pre- and Post-Procedure unit (Y2) at SBH on Friday, March 4, 2016. All the best in your well-deserved retirement!

5. A very warm welcome, as well, to MaryAnn Tucker who has joined the team of Cardiac Transcriptionists. MaryAnn has significant experience, having worked as a medical transcriptionist since 2006. We are very pleased to have her join our transcription team. MaryAnn’s first day will be Monday March 14th.

6. Bring on the dance music as we celebrate with the SBH Cardiac Surgery Inpatient Unit on their achievement of obtaining excellent patient satisfaction results! For the June – September 2015 period, 100% of inpatients who responded to the regional patient satisfaction survey rated the overall quality of care and services to be excellent or very good! Congratulations to everyone on CSIU for setting an example in delivering excellent patient-centred care!

7. Welcome to all the students who will be starting placements at SBH on March 14th: Non-Invasive Cardiac Diagnostic area will be welcoming Cardiology Technology Students from Stenberg College, and Echocardiology will be welcoming its first student from the inaugural class of the Red River College Cardiac Sonographer Program. Let’s all make them feel welcome! 8. The Accreditation visit is coming up; surveyors will be on-site at SBH on April 20 to review the Cardiac Sciences program…for information on what to expect, please see the attached newsletter. And please share this with others in your area!