MAGNET MONDAY: AAMC’s multi-disciplinary ED team work with our community to care for stroke patient
On July 24, AAMC’s Emergency Department cared for a patient flown in by Maryland State Police Medivac from the Eastern Shore – a first for us. This patient was suffering from an acute stroke and needed IV tPA. Through a collaborative approach with multiple departments, this patient received IV tPA within the three “golden hours” of their last known well time.
Acute stroke and ST segment elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients who require emergency interventions can now be flown directly to AAMC if the ambulance drive time to the nearest MIEMSS designated PCI Center and Primary Stroke Center is greater than 30 minutes. Maryland State Police helicopter safety training was arranged and executed by Patty Sherman MSN, RN, and occurred during the spring of 2012 for AAMC security officers and ED PCT’s.
Special thanks go out to the multidisciplinary team who provided excellent and timely care for this patient: Tony Banchero, PCT, Jennifer Boeck, RN, Arash Farhadi, M.D., Melissa Harris, RN, John Moghtader, M.D., Kathleen Schenkel, RN, Anne Timmins-Kungis, RN, Kelly Viands, PA-C, Jenna Ware, PCT, and Thomas Whittington, Security. -Kathleen Schenkel, BSN, RN
These are our Magnet moments. True collaboration between nursing, our healthcare partners, and the community result in excellent quality care for our patients. Think about how many will benefit from the hard work and planning of this team. Keep those examples coming in.