ATS Week ’24 with Kimberly Sharp, ATS Clinical Manager

As Autotransfusion Week 2024 unfolds, we find ourselves immersed in a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who bring passion, dedication, and innovation to the field of autotransfusion. Among these remarkable professionals stands Kimberly Sharp, a shining example of the profound impact that can be made through compassionate patient care and unwavering commitment to excellence. Join us as we delve into Kimberly Sharp’s journey, exploring the challenges, triumphs, and joys that define a career in autotransfusion at SpecialtyCare.

Finding a Calling in Autotransfusion: A Journey of Discovery

“I was in college and unsure of my future career path when a relative shared information with me about ATS. I was instantly intrigued and knew that the OR and patient care was my calling. I have never looked back or had any regrets.”

Driven by a deep-seated desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients, Kimberly Sharp embarked on a journey that would lead to a career defined by compassion, innovation, and unwavering dedication.

Essential Skills for Success: Compassion, Communication, and Continuous Learning

“Compassion, patience, communication, and eagerness to learn new skills. The drive for highest quality services.”

In the fast-paced world of autotransfusion, Kimberly understands that success hinges upon a diverse skill set and an unwavering commitment to excellence. With empathy and understanding at the forefront, she approaches each case with a determination to provide the highest quality of care to every patient.

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Embracing Innovation and Advancement

“Have an eagerness to learn, research along with word of mouth. Request extra training and keeping up with SpecialtyCare training modules and communication. Build relationships with manufacturers reps like Liva-Nova, Haemonetics, etc.”

In a field where innovation is constant, Kimberly remains at the forefront of advancements and techniques, ensuring that patients receive the most effective and cutting-edge care available. Through ongoing education, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence, she embraces the ever-evolving landscape of autotransfusion with enthusiasm and determination.

Navigating Challenges with Grace and Expertise: A Testament to Resilience

“Once during a scheduled liver transplant, our patient coded. I helped move machines and offered my assistance in any way needed… SpecialtyCare now covers all liver cases at this facility.”

In the face of adversity, Kimberly exemplifies resilience, determination, and unwavering professionalism. Through a combination of expertise, teamwork, and unwavering dedication, she navigates challenges with grace and expertise, ensuring optimal patient outcomes even in the most demanding of circumstances.

A Commitment to Patient Safety: Ensuring Optimal Care Every Step of the Way

“You can ensure safety with communication with the OR team and participation during TIME-OUT. Thoroughly reviewing the patient chart and recognizing any red flags are also key. Never be afraid to voice your concerns.”.

A Culture of Collaboration: Working Together for Optimal Outcomes

“A new surgeon that SpecialtyCare recently started providing services for continued to complain about suction… After the case, I spoke with the surgeon again and asked if everything worked out after this change. He informed me that everything worked perfect, and he apologized for taking it out on me and the tech.”

In the collaborative world of healthcare, she understands the importance of teamwork, communication, and collaboration. Through open dialogue, mutual respect, and a commitment to excellence, she fosters a culture of collaboration that enhances patient care and ensures optimal outcomes.

Dispelling Misconceptions: Educating and Informing for Better Understanding

Through education, advocacy, and a commitment to transparency, Kimberly works tirelessly to dispel misconceptions and ensure that patients receive the optimal care they deserve. By providing clear, evidence-based information, she empowers patients and healthcare professionals alike, fostering a culture of understanding and collaboration.

“My experience has been with surgeons that claim to never lose enough blood to benefit from cell saver…the cost savings and benefits to the patient outweigh all the other concerns.”

A Rewarding Journey: Making a Meaningful Difference Every Day

“Every case I’m blessed to be part of is rewarding because I know that what I’m doing is so beneficial to the patients’ outcomes…Every great outcome affects so many, and this is not just the patients. It’s their families, friends, co-workers, etc.”

For Kimberly, the most rewarding aspect of a career in autotransfusion lies in the knowledge that each day brings the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Looking to the Future: Embracing Opportunities and Possibilities

“If you are looking for a career that after each day you feel blessed to be part of helping others, this would be a great fit for you…Once you complete the training, you will be ready to handle any case that is passed your way, and you always have support when needed or just a friend to talk with.”

As Autotransfusion Week 2024 continues, we invite aspiring healthcare professionals to embark on a journey of discovery, compassion, and endless possibilities at SpecialtyCare.