Electrophysiology lab upgraded

Cath Lab 3 received a Biosense Webster 3D electrophysiology mapping system this week. This will allow the 5143CathLabInstall310x153 cardiology staff to perform comprehensive electrophysiological evaluations of patients with abnormal cardiac rhythms, including diagnostic procedures and 3D mapping of the heart. "The Biosense Webster system will allow us to perform SVT, VT and A-fib ablations on our patients," said Zane Kelley, RN, cath lab supervisor. "The ability to perform these procedures will allow patients to receive treatment here at SAMC versus being referred to other hospitals such as UAB."

In the photo, Kaitlyn Hoyt, field service engineer, Biosense Webster, explains the control layout of the SMARTABLATE HF generator to Norm Wrobel, radiology engineer, Invasive Cardiology. The SMARTABLATE HF is used during RF ablation therapy of the human heart and is a component of the Biosense Webster 3D electrophysiology mapping system.

da Vinci open house

Matt Cummings, RN, Allyson McLaney, RN, and Amanda Rainey, RN, all of Surgery, inspect SAMC's da Vinci Xi surgical robot during 4844daVinciOpenHouse310x153an open house last week. The purpose of the open house was to display the new technology so that members of the public, media, and SAMC staff would be able to get a closeup look at the newest member of SAMC's surgical team. Installation and testing are currently underway; the first surgical case with the da Vinci Xi is expected to be in early September.

On August 17 the SAMC Foundation announced approval of a $193,000 grant to help with the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi surgical robot and its initial surgical tool set. "The Foundation Board of Trustees, on behalf of its donors, is proud to support the expansion of SAMC's surgical robotics program and the additional surgical options it will provide to our patients," said Valerie Barnes, executive director, SAMC Foundation.

Nurse receives Advanced Practice license

Kysha Howard, RN, 7-East/Cardiovascular, has obtained her Advanced Practice Nurse license as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) through the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN). 5140KyshaHoward310x153SAMC uses CNSs to improve patient outcomes and nursing care. CNSs are clinical experts in a specialized area of nursing practice and in the deliverance of evidence based nursing interventions. In order to become a CNS, the ABN requires a Registered Nurse to complete a CNS Masters degree, followed by a national certification exam before becoming licensed. Kysha has been an employee of SAMC for 13 years and currently serves as CNS for 7 East.