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

June 26, 2023


Sal’s Stars of the Week: Sandy Warren

(Introduced by Alana Head)

This week’s Sal’s Star is Sandy Warren.  Sandy has worked at St. Boniface Hospital since 1988.  She started in the emergency department and then took the critical care course where she spent time in all the ICUs.  In 2004 when Cardiac Sciences was formed, Sandy was the first CRN of the first cardiology unit.  Sandy then became an educator in 2009 and her first day on the job was the day we admitted the first ventricular assist device.  She has been involved in multiple improvement processes over the years and has been a vital person in making this unit what it is today.

Sandy is extremely organized and very creative in her efforts to engage staff. She is very active on the ward and is often seen teaching at the bedside.

Recently, Sandy helped spearhead the training and implementation of ultrasound guided IV insertions alongside Courtney Paquette. This initiative was very well received by staff and is an example of how Sandy advocates for the team and is constantly working to offer new and exciting ways to advance our skills.

In her spare time, Sandy loves going to the beach and is an excellent poker player. She also loves to travel and will be spending 2 weeks in Oahu this fall for a 3-day ball tournament.

We are so lucky to have you on our team.  Congratulations.

Good News

We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Dr Don Peters Award in Cardiac Sciences is Dr Megan Deck.  Dr Deck joined us in July of 2022 to complete a 1 year fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesia after completing her medical school and residency training at the University of Saskatchewan.

Over the last year, Dr Deck has been repeatedly recognized for the quality of her anesthesia care and dedication to her patients.  She is meticulous in her work and is a calm, professional presence in the operating room. She is humble and proactive in advocating for her patients.  Dr Deck takes the time to learn about her patients and their goals, and this allows her to provide exemplary care that is nuanced and compassionate.  Dr Deck recognizes the value of all members of the care team and strives to ensure that all of the members are heard and work collaboratively together in the service of the patient.  The trainees Dr Deck works with have recognized her ability to teach and a supportive and open manner and they have benefited from her mentorship.

Congratulations Dr Deck!

Donald Peters Award

Donald John Peters became a member of the Department of Anesthesia at St. Boniface General Hospital in 1972 and was involved in the care of cardiac patients for over 30 years before his retirement in 2008.  Dr. Peters was honored with the Canadian Anesthetists Society highest award for excellence in clinical work in 2005.  He has also been involved with Medical Ministries International for many years.  Medical Ministries is an international organization that prides itself in providing spiritual and medical care to the world’s poor.  Dr. Peters and his wife Margaret have traveled to many third world countries to help those less fortunate.  Dr. Peters has always practiced with personal integrity, compassion, and a true dedication to patient needs.

The Donald Peters Cardiac Sciences Award was created in 2008 to establish a legacy that honors his outstanding contributions to cardiac patients and the personal integrity that defined his care of those patients.  These are qualities we all agree are critically important to instill in our young trainees.

This award is eligible to all trainees in the Cardiac Sciences Program and is awarded annually to the trainee who best demonstrates integrity, compassion, and dedication to the care of patients as individuals. The award also recognizes high standards of character, conduct, leadership, and the promotion of those qualities in others.

Faculty Publications

Brianna Davies, Katherine S Allan, Sandra L Carroll, Karen Gibbs, Jason D Roberts, Ciorsti MacIntyre, Christian Steinberg, Rafik Tadros, Paul Dorian, Jeff S Healey, Martin Gardner, Zachary W M Laksman, Andrew D Krahn, Anne Fournier, Colette Seifer, Sandra B Lauck  Perceived self-efficacy and empowerment in patients at increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest  Front Cardiovasc Med. 2023 May 15;10:955060. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2023.955060. eCollection 2023.

Samuel Su, Pratik Shah, Davinder S Jassal Ventricular tachycardia triggered by electroconvulsive therapy: Case report and review of the literature  Clin Case Rep. 2023 May 29;11(6):e7450. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.7450. eCollection 2023 Jun.

Shelley Zieroth, Shekoofeh Saboktakin Rizi   Time Is of the Essence   JACC Heart Fail. 2023 Jun;11(6):713-714. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2023.03.022. Epub 2023 May 10

Evan J Wiens, Silvia J Leon, Reid Whitlock, Navdeep Tangri, Ashish H Shah   Ticagrelor as Compared to Clopidogrel Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Acute Coronary Syndrome  Am J Cardiol. 2023 Jul 1;198:26-32. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2023.03.012. Epub 2023 May 15.

Ashish H Shah, Nasir Shaikh, Malek Kass Exertional Dyspnea in a Young Patient: Approach to Patent Foramen Ovale Mediated Right-to-Left Shunt  JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2023 Jun 12;16(11):1408-1409. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2023.03.046. Epub 2023 May 17.

Muhammad Shariq Usman, Tariq Jamal Siddiqi, Stefan D Anker, George L Bakris, Deepak L Bhatt, Gerasimos Filippatos, Gregg C Fonarow, Stephen J Greene, James L Januzzi Jr, Muhammad Shahzeb Khan, Mikhail N Kosiborod, Darren K McGuire, Ileana L Piña, Julio Rosenstock, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Subodh Verma, Shelley Zieroth, Javed Butler  Effect of SGLT2 Inhibitors on Cardiovascular Outcomes Across Various Patient Populations  J Am Coll Cardiol. 2023 Jun 27;81(25):2377-2387. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2023.04.034.