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

May 23, 2021


Biomedical and Clinical Engineering Week

Biomedical and Clinical Engineers are the health care professionals that  test, calibrate and maintain each device in Cardiac Sciences and across the health care system ensuring everything is in appropriate working order to support the care and comfort of patients.  They have especially stepped up during the past year. Last week we recognized the Biomedical Clinical Engineers (including our Chris Bzovey).  Your work Chris and that of your colleagues is appreciated 52 weeks of the year!

This Week’s Quarterly Meeting for CSMB Physicians

This week’s Quarterly CSMB Physicians Meeting will be structured as a COVID Town Hall.  We, the Medical Leads of Cardiac Sciences will be glad to try to answer your questions and share as much as we know about this rapidly changing situation that is further impairing our ability to provide timely service to cardiac patients in Manitoba.  You are encouraged to come with your questions and concerns.

Sals Stars of the Week: Ann Hall (introduced by Sara Unrau)

I would like to recognize Ann Hall. Ann has worked at St. Boniface Hospital since 1981, she has been a part of the St. Boniface work force for 40 years. That alone is a distinction that not many will achieve. Ann is a bedside nurse in ICCS and is a strong leader in promoting and providing top notch care to our cardiac surgery population. She has guided and mentored many of the nurses currently working at the bedside. Over the years she has also assisted with the training of new ICU nurses as a clinical instructor, a preceptor and a colleague. Her attention to the smallest detail and maintaining high standards of care has helped shape the expectation and standards of care for our cardiac surgery patients. This recognition is twofold – thank you for the years of excellent care and a congratulations on your upcoming retirement!

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Malek Kass, Virendra K Arya, Ashish H Shah COVID-19-Positive Patient and Hypoxemia: Are Lungs Always to Be Blamed?  JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2021 May 10;14(9):e101-e102. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2020.12.044. Epub 2021 Apr 14.

Laura J Albak, Ashish H. Shah, James W. Tam Cardiac failure and pulmonary hypertension secondary to renal arteriovenous malformation: a case report  J Med Case Rep. 2021 Mar 31;15(1):177. doi: 10.1186/s13256-021-02764-y.

Stéphane Rinfret, Israth Jahan, Kevin McKenzie, Nandini Dendukuri, Kevin R Bainey, Samer Mansour, Madhu Natarajan, Luiz F Ybarra, Aun-Yeong Chong, Simon Bérubé, Robert Breton, Michael J Curtis, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Shy Amlani, Alireza Bagherli, Warren Ball, Alan Barolet, Hussein K Beydoun, Neil Brass, Albert W Chan, Franco Colizza, Christian Constance, Neil P Fam, François Gobeil, Tinouch Haghighat, Steven Hodge, Dominique Joyal, Hahn Hoe Kim, Sohrab Lutchmedial, Andrea MacDougall, Paul Malik, Steve Miner, Kunal Minhas, Jason Orvold, Donald Palisaitis, Brendan Parfrey, Jean-Michel Potvin, Geoffrey Puley, Sam Radhakrishnan, Marco Spaziano, Jean-François Tanguay, Ram Vijayaraghaban, John G Webb, Rodney H Zimmermann, David A Wood, James M Brophy COVID-19 pandemic and coronary angiography for ST-elevation myocardial infarction, use of mechanical support and mechanical complications in Canada; a Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology national survey  CJC Open. 2021 May 12. doi: 10.1016/j.cjco.2021.04.017

Christian Steinberg, Brianna Davies, Greg Mellor, Rafik Tadros, Zachary W Laksman, Jason D Roberts, Martin Green, Wael Alqarawi, Paul Angaran, Jeffrey Healey, Shubhayan Sanatani, Richard Leather, Colette Seifer, Anne Fournier, Henry Duff, Martin Gardner, Ciorsti McIntyre, Robert Hamilton, Christopher S Simpson, Andrew D Krahn Short-coupled ventricular fibrillation represents a distinct phenotype among latent causes of unexplained cardiac arrest: a report from the CASPER registry Eur Heart J. 2021 May 19;ehab275. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehab275

Casey P Shannon, Zsuzsanna Hollander, Darlene L Y Dai, Virginia Chen, Sara Assadian, Karen K Lam, Janet E McManus, Marek Zarzycki, YoungWoong Kim, Ji-Young V Kim, Robert Balshaw, Olof Gidlöf, Jenny Öhman, J Gustav Smith, Mustafa Toma, Andrew Ignaszewski, Ross A Davies, Diego Delgado, Haissam Haddad, Debra Isaac, Daniel Kim, Alice Mui, Miroslaw Rajda, Lori West, Michel White, Shelley Zieroth, Scott J Tebbutt, Paul A Keown, W Robert McMaster, Raymond T Ng, Bruce M McManus HEARTBiT: A Transcriptomic Signature for Excluding Acute Cellular Rejection in Adult Heart Allograft Patients  Can J Cardiol. 2020 Aug;36(8):1217-1227. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2019.11.017. Epub 2019 Nov 25.

Bronwen B Grocott, Hessam H Kashani, Hendrick Maakamedi, Vikas Dutta, Brett Hiebert, Martin Rakar, Hilary P Grocott  Oxygen Management During Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A Single-Center, 8-Year Retrospective Cohort Study  J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2021 Jan;35(1):100-105. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2020.08.029. Epub 2020 Aug 19.

Alexandra V Rose, Todd Duhamel, Chris Hyde, Dave E Kent, Jonathan Afilalo, Annette S H Schultz, Anna Chudyk, Dustin S Kehler, Mudra Dave, Rakesh C Arora   Randomised controlled trial protocol for the PROTECT-CS Study: PROTein to Enhance outComes of (pre)frail paTients undergoing Cardiac Surgery  BMJ Open. 2021 Jan 29;11(1):e037240. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037240.

Christopher J Parr, Malek Kass, Michael H Yamashita, Davinder S Jassal Thrombosis of a mechanical mitral valve: a sticky situation  Eur Heart J. 2020 Aug 1;41(29):2816. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa126.

Carly L Lodewyks, Heather J Prior, Brett M Hiebert, Nathan C Nickel, Michael H Yamashita, Maral Ouzounian, Kanwal K Kumar, Rakesh C Arora, Navdeep Tangri  A Province-Wide Analysis of the Epidemiology of Thoracic Aortic Disease: Incidence Is Increasing in a Sex-Specific Way  Can J Cardiol. 2020 Nov;36(11):1729-1738. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2019.11.013. Epub 2019 Nov 20.

Samantha Sl Liauw, Linh Luong, Shuangbo Liu, Mohamed Atcha, Yvonne Kwok, Rosane Nisenbaum, Neil Fam, Stephen Hwang, Asim N Cheema Clinical Presentation and Outcome of Patients Experiencing Homelessness Presenting with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction  Can J Cardiol. 2021 May 15;S0828-282X(21)00247-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2021.05.003.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.