Sexual assault nurse examiner training begins

On September 14, interested nurses began training to become Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE).5820SANETraining310x153 A SANE delivers precise care and assistance to sexual assault victims and are more competent at collecting evidence that meets legal standards.

SAMC nurses completed the classroom portion of their training last week. Clinical training is now underway and SAMC's SANE services will go live after completion of all clinical training requirements later this fall. In the photo, Chris Jolliffe, RN, SANE program coordinator at Children's Hospital of Alabama leads a classroom training session. Pictured with her are (at left) Angela Brown, RN, Presurgical Testing and Claudia Tucker, MSN, clinical educator, Five East, along with other attendees.


Stroke Care Network

SAMC hosted representatives from hospitals throughout the region for a Stroke Care Network conference on August 27.5206StrokeNetworkConference310x153 The purpose of the conference was to improve stroke care in the Wiregrass area. SAMC hosted the conference in order to identify and discuss opportunities for better communication, use of technology, and streamlining movement of patients between facilities.

The conference featured several of SAMC physicians, an introduction to the Medical Center's new Physician Link patient referral line and a presentation by John Whapham, MD, Interventional Neurologist, from Detroit.

The telemedicine stroke network was formed three years ago and includes Medical Center Barbour, Eufaula, Mizell Memorial Hospital, Opp, Dale Medical Center, Ozark and Troy Regional Medical Center, Troy. In addition to the network facilities, representatives from Miller County Hospital, Colquitt, Ga., Graceville Hospital, Graceville, Fla., and Doctor's Memorial Hospital, Bonifay, Fla., attended the conference.

Faster Strep-A testing

SAMC recently purchased and installed an Illumipro-10 testing unit in the lab at Southeastern Pediatrics' SAMC campus office.6562SEPedsLabEquipment310x153 The Illumipro-10 uses DNA markers to detect the Strep-A bacteria. In conjunction with a rapid Strep test, the Illumipro-10 will enable confirmation of Strep-A within an hour, as opposed to traditional strep cultures which take 12 - 24 hours.

"It's a timesaver that gives us a lot of confidence in our diagnosis," said Ted Williams, MD, pediatrician, Southeastern Pediatrics. "Even if the rapid Strep test is negative we can do this test, and if there's any Strep-A DNA in the sample, it's going to create a positive test and we can initiate treatment for that patient."

In the photo, Faith Bolton, medical lab technologist, receives at strep swab from Dr. Williams that will be evaluated using the Illumipro-10.