ED, Cath Lab hold heart attack/stroke drills

SAMC and local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) collaborated on two mock drills recently to practice a seamless handoff of a myocardial infarction (MI) patient to the SAMC Emergency Department (ED). The second 5041ERCathLabStrokeExercise310x153 drill involved the patient having a stroke while in the Cath Lab.

The drills began with a 911 call to an EMS dispatcher who recognized typical signs and symptoms of a potential heart attack and activated EMS. Once on the scene, EMS assessed the patient, performed an EKG, determined the patient was having a heart attack and transmitted the EKG to the SAMC ED.

An ED physician confirmed the heart attack, which triggered an Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Alert. SAMC's Cardiac Cath Lab and Interventional Cardiology were notified that a heart attack patient was enroute to the hospital and began making preparations to receive the patient. The patient stopped briefly in the ED and was then taken by the cath lab staff for cardiac intervention.

The drill incorporated a Stroke Alert drill for the cath lab staff. After the cardiac intervention was completed, the patient began exhibiting signs of a stroke while still on the cath lab table. The team saved the day for the patient by correctly identifying the signs and symptoms of a stroke and initiating a Stoke Alert. When the Stroke Alert was activated, the patient was taken to CAT Scan and a radiology technician responds with a telemedicine cart. The telemedicine cart allows a Neurologist to conduct a real-time video examination of the patient. The Neurologist can diagnose and prescribe life-saving drugs to the patient in a matter of minutes. A coordinated and faster response time can result in less permanent damage caused by the stroke.

Get your glass refilled!

SAMC is excited to kick off our second year of the Sweet Tea Society. It's exclusively for women of all ages, from business women to stay at home moms. The Sweet Tea Society offers a fun, much deserved break from a woman't busy life. This year's first event is Monday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dothan Opera House. Join us for nationally known comedian and cancer survivor, Karen Mills. Karen inspires, energizes, and brings us the joy of laughter.

Karen Mills will share her story of surviving ovarian cancer. Karen grew  up in Cleveland, Tenn., and was an All-American basketball player for UT-Chattanooga, where she earned a full scholarship.

Tickets can be purchased for $12 at the Dothan Civic Center box office. 615-3175. Attendees will receive a free Sweet Tea tote bag.


SAMC Foundation Teams Lend a Healing Hand

The SAMC Foundation gives grateful patients and their loved ones the opportunity to support SAMC while paying tribute to caregivers who made a difference during the patients’ visit or stay. “I owe my life to the skilled  and caring staff at SAMC," said Mr. Maurice Gilbert.

Mr. Gilbert and his wife Adair were so grateful for the state-of-the-art treatment received at SAMC, and wanted an opportunity to personally thank each member of Mr. Gilbert’s care team, they made a Healings Hands gift in honor of the wonderful individuals who cared for Mr. Gilbert during his 8 day stay while recovering from open heart surgery.

All 31 members of Mr. Gilberts care team received a personalized letter informing them of the thoughtful gift and a custom-crafted Healing Hands pin to proudly wear on their hospital uniform.