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EMS Dinner to Highlight Canine CPR

March 28th, 2017



Since 2008, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center has been offering a free EMS Dinner and Lecture Series, coordinated by the Community Outreach Program in collaboration with Emergency Department Administration.

The purpose of the EMS Dinner is to foster excellence in health care services through improved communication and education—and for nearly a decade it has been so well received, with increasing attendance annually. EMS personnel are invited to meet with Emergency Department staff and also gain 1.5 hours of CME credits.

This year, for the first time, a new education topic will be offered at the spring EMS Dinner to be held on Wednesday, March 29th at Stonebridge Golf Club in Smithtown. The new topic, “Canine Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR),” to be presented by Dominic J. Marino, DVM, CCRP, has drawn special attention with a record setting attendance close to 100.

Dr. Marino, a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Clinical Thermology, will educate local EMS personnel about Canine CPR, which is a combination of chest compression and artificial respiration. It is normally used when you cannot feel or hear the dog’s heartbeat. Once the dog stops breathing the heart will go into cardiac arrest and cease beating.

In addition to the Canine CPR presentation, St. Catherine’s Director of Performance Improvement/Quality Laurie Yuditsky, RN, MBA, BSN, will present on “Sepsis—A Ticking Time Bomb—Cracking the Code,” along with a special award presentation to the Central Islip Volunteer Ambulance Corp for life-saving EMS stroke intervention.