Ann Jarris

(Newsletter) COVID-19 TESTING UPDATE – We Are Not Quite There Yet

By now, you have all been bombarded with offers for COVID-19 testing from medical suppliers. 

What’s going on? 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a process for approving new laboratory tests. During the pandemic, an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) pathway was created to fast track approval for COVID-19 tests. On March 16, the FDA allowed commercial manufacturers to begin distributing tests under certain circumstances prior to granting an EUA1. They specifically allowed serological tests to identify antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) to be distributed with some required disclaimers.

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Life-Saving Effort by Navy Nurse Recognized by Washington State Ferry

Life-Saving Effort by Navy Nurse Recognized by Washington State Ferry

Dr. Ray Jarris and Dr. Ann Jarris of MDSI were pleased to join Washington State Ferries in honoring US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Erika Schilling, for her life saving efforts aboard the MV Spokane on December 2, 2017. Dr. Ray Jarris and Dr. Ann Jarris presented Lt. Cmdr. Schilling with an Outstanding Responder to Sudden Cardiac Arrest certificate and Challenge Coin recognizing her “Awareness, Courage and Compassion.”

According to Dr. Jarris, “Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 350,000 people of all ages experience EMS-assessed out-of-hospital non-traumatic SCA each year and nine out of 10 victims die. Lt. Cmdr Schilling and the vessel crew that supported her saved a life. The Washington State Ferry System also deserves recognition for having AED’s and trained responders on every vessel.”

Lt. Cmdr. Schilling overheard another passenger’s call for immediate medical attention. A man had slumped over and appeared to be not breathing. Schilling took command of the situation, determining the man’s heart had stopped, moving him to the floor, instructing another passenger to tell the ferry crew, who arrived at the scene with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Schilling, aided by another person with Basic Life Support skills, performed CPR. Once the ferry docked at Kingston, an emergency medical technician team transported the man to Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton. The man survived and is now  doing well at home.

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/262609/life-saving-effort-navy-nurse-recognized-washington-state-ferry

http://komonews.com/news/newsradio/ferry-passenger-awarded-life-ring-award-for-saving-a-mans-life

http://komonews.com/news/local/nurse-midwife-honored-for-saving-passengers-life-aboard-ferry

Influenza 2018 Alert

Discovery Health has recently received requests for medical advice for potential influenza affecting mariners at sea. Due to the risks associated with influenza, we applaud vessels that have taken the preventative steps of vaccinating their crew and carrying the vaccine onboard. Please click the link below to read more about preventative steps, symptoms, and treatment.

 

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Unavoidable Medical Evacuations At Sea

 

As 2017 comes to a close, Discovery Health’s team of physicians has responded to nearly 200 medical events at sea.  While 95% of these have been successfully managed at sea, there have been unavoidable medical evacuations and ship diversions, one of which is highlighted in the article below.

 

Other major events have included:
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Finger Amputations
  • Head Trauma
  • Mental Health Emergencies
  • Appendicitis
  • Chest Pain
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

In every instance, the medical response provided on board has been commendable and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to assist in the care of those who make their living at sea.  We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the USCG and our colleagues at Lifemed Alaska both of whom are always at the ready to respond to a serious medical event at sea.

Raymond F. Jarris Jr. MD
Chief Medical Officer

 

Ann G. Jarris, MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
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