Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Emergency Case Performed at SHVC

The Interventional Radiology team of the Sentara Heart and Vascular Center at Potomac Hospital performed the first after-hours emergency case in the new center.

A critical care patient was urgently brought into the SHVC for a mesenteric angiography (a test to examine the blood vessels that supply the small and large intestines) performed by Dr. Jim Papadouris, with the assistance of Will Roden, R.N., Clinical Manager, and David Orta-Vega, RT(CV), Lead Technologist.

During the procedure, contrast was injected into multiple abdominal arteries to determine if the patient was experiencing active bleeding. Since no active bleeding was noted, the patient was returned to the ICU for continued care.

The Sentara Heart and Vascular Center at Potomac Hospital opened on May 31. The center offers residents in our community the option of receiving cardiovascular care closer to home, including interventional radiology procedures, interventional cardiac catheterization, and other procedures to treat heart and vascular diseases. Learn more here.