Consultant Jeremy Rabouhans and his interventional radiology team are Basildon’s team of the month.
Dr Rabouhans came into work to attend to a 75-year-old gentlemen who was seen previously in our emergency department two days prior. The patient returned with ongoing bleeding and was seen by a Consultant Surgeon in A&E.
He underwent upper gastro -intestinal endoscopy followed by a CT scan which confirmed the source of bleeding in the colon. The same evening, despite not being on call and despite prior engagements, Dr Rabouhans and his interventional radiology team stayed back out of hours to save this patient’s life.
The team went above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best service they could. The procedure was a success and the patient is recovering and well.
Consultant Interventional Radiologist, Dr Jeremy Rabouhans said:
“It was my day off, but I had come in earlier to treat another emergency patient to unblock their kidney as that also needed to be done. I was walking out of the door with my coat on when the case was presented to me. The patient was already in the imaging department for his CT scan, so my team could treat him straight away. When there’s a patient in front of you in need, you have to help - it’s what we’re here to do.
“We performed a mesenteric angiogram and embolisation, a procedure used to look at the blood vessels that supply the small and large intestines and then stop the bleeding. If we hadn’t treated the patient he may have needed major open surgery or be required to transfer to another hospital to do the procedure.
“My team were very helpful and some staff stayed longer than they needed to. We were able to avoid potential complications from surgery and help the patient. That’s what matters.”
Consultant Vascular & General Surgeon, Mr Jay Menon said:
“Jeremy’s help with the patient’s management was extremely valuable. He wasn’t supposed to be working. Yet, he was kind enough to stay back and do whatever was necessary to help that patient.
The whole interventional radiology team went above and beyond and deserve acknowledgement for their hard work and commitment to excellent patient care.
Without this intervention, this patient would have had a bad outcome - out of hours in our Hospital.
This was a typical case of right intervention at the right place at the right time.”