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

February 14, 2021

Cardiology Technologist Day on Valentine’s Day celebrates healthy hearts

Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists

The Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists (CSCT) designates Valentine’s Day as a day to highlight the important role of cardiology technologists in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Cardiology technologists perform a variety of non-invasive cardiac diagnostic tests, such as electrocardiograms, exercise stress testing, and Holter monitoring/analysis which are used to assess heart function. Working with cardiologists and internal medicine specialists, these skilled providers deliver important patient care services. Shared Health recognizes cardiology technologists working across our health system. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your commitment to providing compassionate care to Manitobans.

Sals Star of the Week: Tracey Benediktson!
Introduced by Alana Head

It was very difficult to pick just one person to be the Sal’s Star of the Week as all the staff on 6A have shown bravery and resilience working through the pandemic. Most of them did not choose to work with COVID-19 patients but have taken on the challenge with grace. The staff have continued to remain positive (mentally) in an environment that others try to avoid. Without them and their expertise in both cardiology and medicine, these units would not be possible. For that, they all deserve a big thank you.

     This week’s Sal’s Star of the Week is Tracey Benediktson. Tracey has worked at St. Boniface Hospital since 1993 and has been a CRN since 2015.  In her role as a CRN she has led the team through many changes and is now an expert at opening new units. She is kind, caring, compassionate and has been flexible and adaptable to all changes.

Last week, a patient in the orange zone was de-flagged and was to be transferred to a green ward later that day. After reviewing the patient, Tracey noticed some changes in the patients x-ray and asked IP&C to consider one last rapid swab before the patient left the unit.  IP&C agreed and sure enough, the swab came back positive.  Tracey then had the patient promptly transferred to 6AW. The IP&C team were very thankful for her diligence and intuition as this could have led to an outbreak.

     Thank you, Tracey, for your hard work and commitment to 6AS. Your leadership and knowledge have been invaluable in this evolving unit.