ATRIAL FIBRILLATION (AFib)

Minnesota Wire and Cardinal Health

What Matters Most to All of Us

Steve Morrison is a Project Manager for Minnesota Wire. Steve monitors every project from concept to production and through quality testing.

T           here is nothing more important to Steve Morrison than his family. Steve is a reserved guy—he does not want to be in the spotlight—ever. He is stoic, focused. Steve takes his work seriously. He prefers not to be bothered while he is working. 

Ask Steve about his family and his whole demeanor changes. He relaxes, and the soberness evaporates. A slight smile appears; you have to look for it, but it is there. He can quickly launch photos of his family from his computer desktop.

On Saturday mornings Steve rises before the rest of his family. His Saturday morning ritual has him leaving the house for donuts for his wife and children—a long-held family tradition started by Steve. By the time Steve’s family wakes, he has returned home and has the breakfast table set with donuts and coffee and juice. The family gathers around the kitchen table.

They share donuts and stories and weekend plans. These family gatherings, this family time, is what matters most to Steve.

Steve felt lightheaded and dizzy. His chest felt congested.

One Saturday morning in January 2018 as Steve prepared for his donut run, he felt sluggish. His chest felt congested. He felt lightheaded and dizzy. Steve thought he was coming down with a cold, nothing to worry about.

Steve continued to feel lightheaded and dizzy as he left to get the donuts. The symptoms continued as he ordered the donuts. His chest began to feel more congested. He felt lightheaded on the drive home. He took a cold tablet as soon as he arrived back home, sure the medicine would calm the symptoms.

Steve shared his symptoms with his wife; he assured her he was coming down with a winter cold. He said his lungs felt congested. Steve mentioned the dizziness. He told her he took a cold pill. She was concerned. Steve insisted it was nothing, just the start of a cold. The morning passed, but the symptoms did not. Steve’s wife informed him that they were going to the emergency room. 

At the hospital, doctors immediately began an electrocardiogram (ECG). Steve was in atrial fibrillation (AFib). The Mayo Clinic describes atrial fibrillation as “an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications.”

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Steve was immediately administered drugs to determine if the heart would resume a proper rhythm.

The drug did not work; his heart remained in AFib.

The doctors offered Steve two alternatives. He could stay in the hospital for another twelve hours while the staff monitored his condition. (Sometimes the heart will return to the proper rhythm on its own.) Alternatively, he could have his heart shocked back into rhythm with a defibrillator. To no one’s surprise, Steve chose the second option. He did not want to spend the day laying on a hospital bed. He was familiar with defibrillators.

Steve has shepherded many (too many to count) defibrillator leads and connectors through the engineering, manufacturing, and testing phases at Minnesota Wire. Steve had complete confidence in the instruments that would be used to shock his heart back into rhythm. The very defibrillator lead wires and connectors that would be used to shock his heart were parts that he had played an essential role in producing. 

Doctors anesthetized Steve. His heart was shocked and responded positively—returning to its regular rhythm. Once Steve’s heart rhythm had stabilized, the doctors awakened him from the anesthesia.

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Steve Did Not Suffer Any Long-Term Effects

Steve’s wife’s insistence that they visit the emergency room saved him from a variety of complications, including possible life-altering complications. If untreated, atrial fibrillation can cause blood clots to form, resulting in a stroke.

Steve is back to work and feeling well. He has not had any episodes since the first. Steve will take medication for the rest of his life to control his AFib. He now knows that the symptoms he suffered that Saturday morning are warning signs, and Steve knows what to do, when and if he experiences them again.

What Steve did wrong: He ignored symptoms that he attributed to a cold. He took a decongestant. Cold pills accelerate the heart’s rhythm.

What Steve did right: He listened to his wife when she told him they were going to the emergency room!

At Minnesota Wire, we are honored to play a role in the development and manufacture of life-saving medical parts. We are proud to have Steve on our team because what matters most to Steve is what matters most to all of us—the people we love, and conversely, the people who love us.

Minnesota Wire and Cardinal Health: A Collaboration In Excellence

160,000: The number of automated external defibrillator (AED) lead wires we make at Minnesota Wire for Cardinal Health each month.

160,000: The number of AED lead wires and connectors that we test, test, and retest before we send them to Cardinal Health every month.

»  To the Minnesota Wire AED lead wires and connectors, Cardinal Health adds electrode gel and pads to make their QUIK-COMBO®   REDI-PAK®.

100: The number of years Cardinal Health has been in business. Cardinal Health has been recognized repeatedly as a leader in cost-saving, high-quality medical products. Cardinal Health is one hundred years of expertise, experience, and excellence that has resulted in untold numbers of lives saved.

85: The percentage of U.S. hospitals that Cardinal Health supplies with medical products.

2,000,000: The number of patients Cardinal Health serves.

TOTAL: Minnesota Wire’s and Cardinal Health’s commitment to perfection.

To learn more about Cardinal Health visit CardinalHealth.com.

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