At St. Louis CyberKnife and SSM Health Cancer Care, we take pride in our staff and when one of our team members is recognized for outstanding work, we celebrate them.
Recently, one of our nurses on staff at St. Louis CyberKnife, made a lifesaving discovery, and her quick thinking and positive action did not go unnoticed.
Gina Sandt, RN, was conducting a physical assessment of a CyberKnife patient when she discovered he had a very irregular heartbeat. An EKG was ordered to be done immediately, and it was revealed the patient was in atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation (also called AF or A-fib) is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications. It can be fatal if not treated appropriately.
Our hospital partner found out about Gina’s assessment and she was nominated, and chosen, for the “Great Catch” award.
Although CyberKnife does not specialize in heart care, it was Gina’s thorough assessment that triggered excellent care and a great catch. Congratulations, Gina! You are an excellent nurse and patient advocate, and we are grateful we have you on staff, caring for the residents in our community.
Photo caption: Jennifer Moore, RN, BSN, OCN, Site Administrator for St. Louis CyberKnife and Wayne Laramie, Vice President of Nursing for St. Clare Hospital, present Gina Sandt, RN, with her award.