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Spring 2016 What's Next In Health Care

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Lifesaving Work: A Nurse's Quick Action Saves Colleague's Life AFTER WORKING TOGETHER for several years at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, nurses Maureen Sawyer and Allison LoGrasso know a lot about each other. They talk about their families, their pets, their favorite television shows and their plans outside of work. But one afternoon last fall, Sawyer was nearly certain she would never talk to her friend and co-worker again. At that moment, LoGrasso was lying lifeless on the floor of the Anticoagulation Clinic where they both worked. Her face was purple and she had no pulse. But thanks to Sawyer's quick thinking — and 12 years working as an Emergency Department nurse — LoGrasso is alive and well, and back to work. It's been a long road to recovery for LoGrasso, which included a 10-day hospital stay and months of rest at home. In late November, LoGrasso was chatting with colleagues about attending a work awards ceremony that evening when she suddenly clutched her neck and collapsed. Her body started seizing, and her pulse disappeared. Just down the hall, Sawyer heard a commotion and ran to help. She started continued on page 6 Maureen Sawyer, RN, and Allison LoGrasso, RN chest compressions and airway resuscitation while other staff members checked LoGrasso's neck to detect a pulse and called an ambulance to transport her Joining Forces in the ICU continued on page 5 SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, LHMC staff began caring for patients in Winchester Hospital's Intensive Care Unit. A Lahey Health staff writer spoke with Tim Liesching, MD, Chair, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Medical Director, Medical Emergency Team at LHMC, and Linda McGowan, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC, Nurse Manager, Winchester Hospital Intensive Care Unit, about LHMC ICU staff coming on board at Winchester Hospital. Q: Why did Winchester Hospital's ICU transition to receive intensivist services from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center? Liesching: The main reason was so we could improve overall coordination of care across the Lahey system and strengthen the continuity of care. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Winchester Hospital and Beverly Hospital are all working together to take care of critical care patients. Q: What does this mean for those patients? Liesching: It's almost as if we have one, big ICU with different "wings," one in Burlington, one in Beverly and now one in Winchester. We have had a similar model with Beverly Hospital for over 10 years. By working together, we are able to bring tertiary care to whichever ICU it is needed in. This way, the same care team following the same protocols is caring for the patients wherever they are. This is also very helpful if a patient in the community setting (Winchester or Beverly) needs to be transferred to Burlington, because the exact same critical care team will be

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