By Dr. Ross Feldman,
Medical Lead,
Cardiac Sciences Manitoba

November 01, 2021


Sals Star of the Week:  Dianna Erwin  (introduced by Scott MacKenzie)

This week’s Sals Star is Dianna Erwin from the Department of Anesthesia at St. Boniface Hospital.

Dianna began working in Anesthesia in 2013 as an Administrative Secretary. She became an Administrative Assistant in 2019 supporting the Anesthesia Site Lead at SBH. Dianna also plays a critical role in the provincial wide scheduling of anesthesia consultants which is a huge undertaking with many moving parts. The Cardiac Sciences Program is fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and committed individual in this role.

The majority of Cardiac Anesthesiologists work at different sites and in different subspecialties such as critical care, administration and cardiac ultrasound. Dianna ensures there are enough consultants on a daily basis to staff the cardiac operating rooms, the EP lab and the ICCS. This is no small feat with multiple sites involved, pre/post call days to consider and physicians working in other subspecialty areas. Dianna works with other schedulers in the region to ensure a stable and consistent cardiac anesthesia manpower supply.

Dianna is extremely dedicated in her role and recently came in to work on her vacation to pick up the shortfall created by the absence of another secretary. Dianna loves dogs, Halloween and a good laugh. It truly is a pleasure to work with and have support from such a skilled and hard working person.

Congratulations Dianna!

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Arun Surendran, Negar Atefi, Hannah Zhang, Michel Aliani, Amir Ravandi Defining Acute Coronary Syndrome through Metabolomics Review Metabolites. 2021 Oct 6;11(10):685. doi: 0.3390/metabo11100685.

Sanjay Aragola, Benjamin Arenson, Marshall Tenenbein, Eric Bohm, Eric Jacobsohn, Thomas Turgeon Prospective randomized trial of continuous femoral nerve block with posterior capsular injection versus periarticular injection for analgesia in primary total knee arthroplasty  Randomized Controlled Trial Can J Surg. 2021 Apr 28;64(3):E265-E272. doi: 10.1503/cjs.020519.

Brett L Houston, Dean A Fergusson, Jamie Falk, Emily Krupka, Iris Perelman, Rodney H Breau, Daniel I McIsaac, Emily Rimmer, Donald S Houston, Allan Garland, Robert E Ariano, Alan Tinmouth, Robert Balshaw, Alexis F Turgeon, Eric Jacobsohn, Jason Park, Gordon Buduhan, Michael Johnson, Joshua Koulack, Ryan Zarychanski Evaluation of Transfusion Practices in Noncardiac Surgeries at High Risk for Red Blood Cell Transfusion: A Retrospective Cohort Study  Review Transfus Med Rev. 2021 Jan;35(1):16-21. doi: 10.1016/j.tmrv.2020.08.001. Epub 2020 Aug 28.

Sonu S Varghese, Will J Johnston, Cameron R Eekhoudt, Melanie R Keats, Davinder S Jassal, Scott A Grandy Exercise to Reduce Anthracycline-Mediated Cardiovascular Complications in Breast Cancer Survivors Curr Oncol. 2021 Oct 13;28(5):4139-4156. doi: 10.3390/curroncol28050351.   

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.