S.T.A.R. News Stop, Think, Act, Review


October 2016—Volume 2, Issue 5

Fall is here and we are continuing our efforts to promote our Cardiac Intervention Service line; the success stories are being shared among many! Dr. Ravipudi and Dr. Hassan are diligently working to keep us on track to meet our goals in providing this needed service in our community. With that in mind, many of the Cardiac Services that come to our ED may be done here rather than travel to another town and this is important to many patients and their families. We are excited to share this service with our community.

Installation of Nuclear Imaging Camera Complete
What’s new at BRMC? A Nuclear Camera! Yes, we have replaced our nuclear medicine imaging camera with a Discovery NM630.

So, what’s it used for? It is an all-purpose dual detector that allows us to scan the heart, lungs, thyroid, liver, gallbladder, and bones. The scans are commonly used to evaluate particular conditions using these techniques. Nuclear medicine is useful in displaying physiological functions. We may also do cardiac imaging that evaluates the heart for coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy. It may be used to help determine whether the heart has been damaged by chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

How does it work? It uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers that are typically injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. The radiotracer travels through the area being examined and gives off energy in the form of gamma rays which are detected by a special camera and a uses a computer to create images of the inside of your body. Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures. BRMC strives to serve our friends and family with many services that mimic larger hospitals. Meeting your health care needs is our goal.

Cardiac Program Going Well for Richard Walden
Many of you have heard about our Cardiac Intervention Program. You have also seen many new faces, but maybe you have wondered how it’s going? We are excited to share that we have many successful stories. We have eased the burden of traveling out of town for many patients and their families.

Together with Dr. Ravipudi and Dr. Hassan, the BRMC Staff and Cardio Solution care teams, we have performed 35 catheterizations, assisted 2 patients suffering with heart attacks (STEMI), and have placed 6 stents during the month of September!

Now is the time to share with many of your friends and families the success stories! A success story that proved our readiness, involved Richard Walden, retired firefighter/EMT who recently moved to Brownwood. The morning of August 9, Richard began experiencing chest pain. He explained that he knew it was more than indigestion. He hoped it would ease soon, but he began feeling more intense pain. He called his friend to bring him aspirin and to take him to the ER. He arrived in the waiting room to register and coded falling to the floor. The ER staff of Leslie Eddy, Kristie Williams, Dr. Gilmore, Janis Partin, Dr. Oines and Lexie Feist promptly began treatment.

The next memory he recalls is waking up with the Cardiac Team moving him to ICU. They shared with him they had placed 2 stents in one artery and he was being moved to ICU for recovery and to be monitored.

Within 2 days he walked out of the hospital thankful to the ER staff, the Cardiac Care Team and the ICU care team. He said, “I came in with chest pain having a heart attack and within two hours I was feeling much better.” He went on to say, “I guess it was the “perfect storm” to be in the right place at the right time, Thank you!”

Wow, what a story!