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St. Catherine’s EMS Education Continues to Save Lives

May 28th, 2015

Emergency Response Service (EMS) personnel are at the forefront of emergency care—they are first to reach someone in need of immediate care and communication of protocols is imperative to successful outcomes when collaborating with Emergency Department physicians and health care professionals.

St. Catherine’s EMS Dinner and Education Lectures Series is an initiative coordinated by the Community Outreach Program to foster excellence in health care services through improved communication and education. The medical center offers the free dinner and lecture, including CMS credits for EMS personnel quarterly, throughout the year. The EMS dinners are a direct result of St. Catherine’s 2014-2016 Community Service Plan to fortify a comprehensive approach to assessing community health, and developing and implementing action plans to improve community health through member and partner engagement. 

The second EMS Education Dinner and Lecture was held at the Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. St. Catherine’s Director of the Emergency Department Mustafah Khwaja, DO, lectured on “Updates in Pre-Hospital Stroke Care”, followed by “Sports Injuries to the Shoulder and Knee”, presented by Michael J. Sileo, MD, and  “Emergency Management of the Hand and Arm” presented by Dimitrios C. Christoforou, MD. EMS personnel in attendance all remarked about the great topics and need for the education forum.

Photo Caption: St. Catherine’s Director of Emergency Services Paul Taglienti, MD, with guest lecturers from Orthopedic Associates of Long Island Dimitrios C. Christoforou, MD and Michael J. Sileo, MD, at St. Catherine’s second EMS Dinner and Education Lecture Series held on Wednesday, May 28th at Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown.

In addition, first responder Scott Waryold from the East Northport Fire Department was presented with the “Protector of the Penumbra” award. The “Protector of the Penumbra” award was developed by St. Catherine of Siena as a patient initiative in partnership with the American Heart Association. The goal is to improve administration times for the “clot-busting” drug used in the treatment of patients who are brought to the emergency department with symptoms of acute ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel that stops the flow of blood and deprives the surrounding brain tissue of oxygen. In the absence of oxygen, the brain cells in the immediate area begin to die and release a cascade of toxic chemicals that threaten brain tissue in the surrounding area—the ischemic penumbra.  When a patient receives the drug within 40 minutes of arrival emergency personnel are awarded for their diligence. Because of their timely care, they successfully aided in minimizing the long-term deficits from the ischemic stroke. Paul Ziebarth and Vincent Linnanewere also recognized and awarded with the “Protector of the Penumbra” award for their lifesaving efforts, but were not in attendance. 

Photo Caption: East Northport EMT Scott Waryold accepts the Protector of the Penumbra” award, presented by St. Catherine’s Director of Emergency Services Paul Taglienti, MD.

For more information about St. Catherine's Community Outreach Program, please call (631) 870-3444.

 

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