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

November 29, 2021


Sals Star of the Week:  Eldilie (Eldie) Reyes  (introduced by Chris Kuttnig)

Eldie has been a member of the ACCU team since it’s opening in July 2016.  Prior to coming to ACCU Eldie worked at Seven Oaks Hospital first as nurse in family medicine and then in the ICU.  She came to St. Boniface to ICCS in February of 2016 before transitioning to ACCU as a bedside nurse.  She took on the role of CRN in January of 2020.

Eldie has grown tremendously as a leader within ACCU. She has been a preceptor and mentor to many of the new staff in ACCU.  New nurses have looked for rotations that follow Eldie’s – a huge sign of respect and admiration for her. Eldie, like most of the ACCU staff, has a hunker down and let’s make it work attitude.  When the unit is short staffed she takes an assignment, along with her charge duties, ensuring that patient care is safe. She often looks ahead to the schedule and recognizes staffing needs and offers to change her shifts to fill the holes.  She’s been known to work the day and offer to come back that night to help out the team avoiding anyone being mandated.  During the recent snowstorm she along with the other ICU CRNs, were commended for working together to ensure that patient care was safely managed when the snowstorm made it difficult for some staff to make it in.

Even with busy workloads and lean staffing levels, Eldie is always lending a helping hand on the floor and offering support.  She is especially considerate when staff are moving on to different career paths and getting farewell cards, gifts and cakes planned.  She is a valued and respected member of our ACCU family. 

Please join me in congratulating Eldie as this week’s Sals Star.

National Physician Assistant Day – November 27th

On November 27th Canada celebrated National Physician Assistant Day, which recognizes the physician assistant (PA) profession and it’s contribution to health care in Canada. PAs/CIAs are critical members of the inpatient teams on both Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology Units.  Please join me in recognizing  them for their contributions– both on their special day as well as every other day of the year!

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Jeffrey Javidfar, Akram M Zaaqoq, Michael H Yamashita, Greg Eschun, Jeffrey P Jacobs, Silver Heinsar, Jeremiah W Hayanga, Giles J Peek, Rakesh C Arora Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in obese patients  JTCVS Tech. 2021 Oct 28. doi: 10.1016/j.xjtc.2021.08.048. Online ahead of print.

Sung-Min Cho, Lavienraj Premraj, Jonathon Fanning, Samuel Huth, Adrian Barnett, Glenn Whitman, Rakesh C Arora, Denise Battaglini, Diego Bastos Porto, HuiMahn Choi, Jacky Suen, Gianluigi Li Bassi, John F Fraser, Chiara Robba, Matthew Griffee  Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Among Critically Ill Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019: An International Multicenter Coronavirus Disease 2019 Critical Care Consortium Study     Crit Care Med. 2021 Dec 1;49(12):e1223-e1233.

Kevin R An, Jessica G Y Luc, Derrick Y Tam, Olina Dagher, Rachel Eikelboom, Joel Bierer, Andréanne Cartier, Thin X Vo, Olivier Vaillancourt, Keir Forgie, Malak Elbatarny, Sophie Weiwei Gao, Richard Whitlock, Wiplove Lamba, Rakesh C Arora, Corey Adams, Bobby Yanagawa  Infective Endocarditis Secondary to Injection Drug Use: A Survey of Canadian Cardiac Surgeons  Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Nov;112(5):1460-1467. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.003. Epub 2021 Jan 6.

Evan J Wiens, Jaime C Sklar, Yi Hui Wei, Qaiser Aleem, Kunal Minhas Real-world outcomes in treatment of highly calcified coronary lesions with intravascular shockwave lithotripsy   Indian Heart J. Sep-Oct 2021;73(5):653-655. doi: 10.1016/j.ihj.2021.09.002. Epub 2021 Sep 6.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy — and warm.