ARSaves Program Highlighted to Lions Club

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Elaine Nixon, RN

Elaine Nixon, RN, ARSaves facilitator at Piggott Community Hospital, recently presented a program on strokes to the Piggott Lions' Club.

Nixon explained to those on hand that the telemedicine offered by the ARSaves program makes neurologists available around-the-clock for clinicians at the hospital while making remote assessment possible.

"We have called on ARSaves to benefit the diagnosis of eleven patients since the program's inception," said Nixon. "Of those, four were administered a 'clot busting' drug under the supervision of the UAMS neurology team."

"The Lions' Club is always a responsive group for such presentations," she added. "They are receptive to new information and are of great benefit in acting as ambassadors to spread the word on new services and technologies available at the hospital."

"Our relationship with UAMS, as well as Little Rock's Baptist Health, offers us access to greater resources, advanced medicine, and time savings," added James Magee, PCH executive director. "In addition, newer CT scans offer advances in diagnosis we have not had in the past while reducing radiation exposure."

In conclusion, Magee noted the patient enjoys the greatest benefits from the advances. "All these improvements benefit patients far more than most realize," he explained. "While our costs are no greater, they have the assurance that we can make better decisions and often save time and travel for patients and their families."

Those interested in having a hospital staff member speak to their group, or wanting more details on the ARSaves program, may contact Nixon at PCH by calling 870 598-3881.

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