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Vein Drama:  My experience with the wild and wonderful world of EVH

Posted by Liza Szelkowski, PA-C on Oct 27, 2017 10:25:39 AM

As the years go by, I feel like I’ve become better equipped to handle any situation I face at work.  I’m not saying I always know exactly what to do, but the experience I have obtained over the years has given me a large tool box to work from.  I can usually get out of any situation with a minimal amount stress.  Unfortunately, this same principle does not apply to vein harvesting. The bad veins always find me.  I have a running joke at work that I can create drama in any vein harvesting situation.  Don’t get me wrong; I always find a way to get the vein out, and rarely will it need any repairs.  But sometimes I think it takes years off of my life.  As I sat and thought about this I realized that difficult veins have given me a tool box for vein harvesting too.  Experienced harvesters will have heard these tips before, but for any new comers to EVH, I thought I’d share a few of the tools that have helped me along the way. 

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Topics: EVH endo vein harvesting Cardiac Surgery, EVH

Fast Track Ventilator Weaning After Cardiac Surgery:  One PA’s Perspective

Posted by Liza Szelkowski, PA-C on Jul 3, 2017 10:55:00 AM

I remember when I first started working in the ICU, and I had to get my first patient off the ventilator.  I thought, I have no idea how to do this.  Luckily, in that case, I had an experienced ICU nurse who helped me.  Getting the standard postoperative patient off the ventilator is now second nature, but I was recently talking to a newer colleague about how to do it, and I realized that a brief review might be helpful for any PA or NP new to the cardiac critical care setting.

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Topics: EVH, Ventilator Weaning, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac PA

Vein Drama:  My experience with the wild and wonderful world of EVH

Posted by Liza Szelkowski, PA-C on Apr 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM
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Topics: EVH endo vein harvesting Cardiac Surgery, EVH