While job shadowing at an animal hospital, Cole had watched a surgery — but it was on a pig. And Slater had the option of cutting out the video if something went wrong. The patient remained on the heart-lung machine for some time, so the team could check their work. Slater said the patients involved in such videoconferencing have agreed to allow their surgeries to be streamed. Slater, who works at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey, performed the coronary artery bypass graft while students watched through videoconferencing. The facilitator who introduced Slater pointed out that the decisions the students make now will affect their health down the line.
Posters on the tables at the Cafe at Millstream had facts related to heart health. Slater said the heart is like a computer — if you shut it down right, it will boot back up. Slater said the patient, a 68-year-old man with a history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, had not had a heart attack, but had blockages in the past. Along with Slater, the team included a physician assistant, a scrub nurse, two circulating nurses, a profusionist, who is the person who runs the heart-lung machine, and an anesthesiologist. A total of 120 students, most of them juniors in the health professions program at Millstream Career Center, watched a live open heart surgery Wednesday through a partnership that involved Dr.
The students could see how the heart was beating more vigorously. Slater said generally the wires remain in place forever, but they can be removed if they start causing discomfort or there is an infection. After a bypass operation allowed for more blood flow, it begin beating again, more vigorously than before. Laird is a senior executive at Marathon Petroleum Corp. Slater said his hospital has had a longstanding relationship with Liberty Science Center, also in New Jersey, allowing for programs like this. Cassie Van Horn, a health professions instructor at Millstream, said she has been searching for ways to help her students explore different careers.
The staff also answered questions on many aspects of the science of how the heart works. James Slater and his wife, Fiona Laird; Liberty Science Center; Blanchard Valley Health System; and Millstream. One student asked a question about a portion of the heart that appeared yellow. . Then they saw it cease beating, as the person it belonged to was put on a heart-lung machine.
Now, YouTube makes it possible, but this program goes beyond that in that the students get to interact with all the medical staff, he said. Allison Kimberlin wants to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist. When her career meant she was moving to Findlay recently, Slater, who has an established medical practice, remained in New Jersey. The heart started beating on its own again, even before the patient was taken off the machine. She said students would see the surgical saw divide the sternum — basically breaking the bone in a controlled fashion.
As its name suggests, a bypass allows blood to bypass a blockage. The surgeon sews on new blood vessels to physically channel the blood from above to below the blockage, Slater said. The surgical team did a bypass Wednesday because of a blockage. He told students the five main risk factors are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and family history in particular, heart disease in a family member under age 60. Her students plan to go into a variety of fields, ranging from surgery to nursing to dietetics to dental hygiene. The blockage still exists, but it no longer affects the heart. .
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