WERDCC nurses show great teamwork

WERDCC nurses show great teamworkNurses at Women’s Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in Missouri assisted an injured cook after her hands were caught in a meat saw. Medical staff quickly responded to the area and evaluated her injuries. One hand had a partial amputation of the thumb while the other hand was basically filleted open at the thumb pad, which was not discovered until the responding nurses released pressure from the affected area. First aid was quickly applied and the ambulance was called.

Discussions between the nursing staff and paramedics determined that a life flight helicopter would benefit the patient most at that time. This decision was based on the knowledge that a hand surgeon was immediately needed in order to save the hands or functions of the hands. As a result of the rapid attention and swift decision-making, the patient is in physical therapy and expected to regain full use of the affected hand. After an attempt to re-attach the other thumb her body rejected the graft and that part of the thumb was lost. The best possible outcome was attained through great teamwork shown between custody staff and medical staff. Nursing staff involved were Marilyn Horn, HSA, Lynn Risenhoover, DON and Jessica Richard, LPN.