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SAMC, in partnership with physicians from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), now offers expanded Electrophysiology (EP) cardiology procedures. EP is a branch of cardiology that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. EP procedures are performed in the Cath Lab and can include a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery.
These procedures are performed using the new Carto 3D mapping system and St. Jude EP workmate software. The new mapping system allows the physician to create 3D images of the patient’s atrial and ventricular chambers. This enables the physician to have more accuracy to pinpoint the exact area causing the arrhythmia.
Pictured left to right are: Kim Gorland, RN; Maryanne Bravo, RT; Tom McElderry, MD; Michael Pinson, MD and Will Maddox, MD. They are performing a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) study for a rapid heart rate on January 4.
Construction of a new helipad is underway next to the SAMC warehouse. The larger, stronger helipad is needed to accommodate the Army’s new HH-60 medevac chopper and will also provide a better space for Wiregrass Life Flight to land when transporting patients to SAMC. The new helipad is approximately 100 yards west of the existing helipad. Work is expected to be completed in March.
Shannon Elkins, RN, and Jillian Railey, RN, clinical nurse specialists at NeuroSpine, have earned Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) credentials through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing.