Team members save life of inmate patient in Michigan

Team members save life of inmate patient in Michigan

NP Wierman (left) and PA Alford (right)

The Corizon Health medical team at Duane Waters Health Center (DWH) in Michigan is well-deserving of congratulations for their recent life-saving efforts on behalf of a patient who developed an infection after undergoing arterial surgery. Corizon Health Physician Assistant (PA) Alford and Nurse Practitioner (NP) Wierman immediately recognized that their patient was hemorrhaging and immediately went into action and promptly brought in Senior Site Physician Terry Whiteman to assist.

When Dr. Whiteman arrived, the patient had gone into shock. Behind the scenes, PA Alford expertly directed the administrative requirements in order for the patient to be transferred to a local emergency room (ER). NP Wierman remained at Dr. Whiteman’s side, who later stated that her “expert trauma and critical care skills were central to saving [the patient’s] life.” In fact, NP Wierman’s ability to provide “proximal large bore IV access” was perhaps the only thing that kept our patient alive through his transfer to the ER. “In this situation, I am absolutely convinced that without NP Wierman’s assistance at the bedside and PA Alford’s direction administratively, [the patient] would have arrested and died,” said Dr. Whiteman.

At DWH, when NPs are present, the survival rate is 100%, as compared to the in-hospital arrest rate of 85-90%–a testament to the dedication and excellence of Corizon Health medical staff.