Over a year after being named the rural innovation site by the Cardiac Care Summit Working Group in Saskatoon, a multidisciplinary Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) clinic in Tisdale is improving treatment and education options for patients in the northeast.
Dr. Tessa Richardson and Nurse Practitioner Lia Boxall developed the clinic following a presention on improving quality of life for rural CHF patients at the Cardiac Care Summit in October 2018.
The average age (80 years and over) of CHF patients in this part of the province limited their ability to access specialist care in tertiary centres, leading to increased hospital admissions and clinic visits. The Tisdale clinic allows them to see a broad range of professionals in one visit. Cardiology support is available through the Saskatoon CHF Clinic under the direction of Dr. Alex Zhai.
“Patients have better understanding of their condition and how they can manage their heart failure thanks to the clinic,” Boxall says. “All patients are pleased to be seen locally and admissions have reduced since they started going to the clinic.”
Recently, the clinic has expanded to include referrals from patients in Porcupine Plain, Hudson Bay, and Kelvington.
Members of the multidisciplinary Congestive Heart Failure Clinic in Tisdale include (From left): Registered Nurse Pam Molnar, Pharmacist Lesley Martens, Registered Dietitian Charidy Torgerson, Exercise Therapist Geoff Steward, Dr. Tessa Richardson (top inset), and Nurse Practitioner Lia Boxall (bottom inset). Missing from photo is Chronic Disease ManagerHeather Genik.