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APRIL 2021

PMREMS newsletter



Resourcesin the Community A pril’s recap on resources in the community adds a reminder May brings week’s of emergency responder recognitionl. Read on for details on the latest use area healthcare shares about new technology and assets that help provide outstanding care for the residents and visitors across the region.

Then save the date: May 16-22 invites everyone to join the nation with a celebration honoring all Emergency Medical Responders with National EMS Week with a thank you (or two)!

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IN THIS EDITION 2 NATIONAL EMS WEEK Praising professionals 3 St Luke’s Neighbors helping neighbors 4 LVHN News Virtual reality brain surgery 5 Resource on the Road Quick Response Vehicle 6 RESPOND yet? Online Subscription Signups

A national campaign to raise awareness of EMS Week and the important role of EMS practitioners


May 16-22, 2021, is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. This year’s theme is This Is EMS: Caring for Our Communities.

to lead annual EMS Week activities. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.

ems week


may 16-22

NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

Learn more at naemt.org/initiatives/ems-week

The care your neighbors TRUST. St. Luke’s has been with you for almost 150 years. 150 years of providing quality compassionate care. Times change, but one thing remains true – how we care for you. We offer easy access to all the services you need to keep you and your family healthy. Because babies will still be born, cancer won’t take a day off, and a medical emergency can strike when you least expect it, St Luke’s care is right down the street, around the corner and in your neighborhood. The care you trust. Now more than ever.

To find a location near you, call 1-866-STLUKES or visit sluhn.org/careyoutrust


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Virtual Reality for Brain Surgery

New LVHN Neurosurgeon brings innovative technology to the Lehigh Valley by Katie Cavender · April 15, 2021

Virtual reality (VR) allows everyday people to fly to new lands in video games. Augmented reality (AR) takes fighter pilots through scenarios training them for the unexpected. Artificial Intelligence (AI) predicts what people will write in texts before they’ve completed a sentence. Extended reality (XR) is an overarching term for all three of these technologies. And now brain surgeons and patients also can use XR to fly through the brain. Why is this so important? If you find yourself in need of complex brain surgery, not only can you better visualize your upcoming procedure, your surgeon also gains additional insight. Walter Jean, MD, Lehigh Valley Health Network Chief of Neurosurgery, is the only physician in the area using this groundbreaking technology.

Helping patients visualize their brain “We meet hundreds of patients and explain to them our surgical plan. That communication can be difficult at times,” Jean says. “Once we have a patient’s brain scans loaded into the augmented reality software, they have the ability to see their own anatomy to gain a better understanding.” When patients place the headset over their eyes, they are transported to a virtual replica of their own brain. This technology, called Surgical Theater®, allows them to feel as though they are flying through their own anatomy. The experience offers a visual explanation that often is easier to understand than medical terminology.

Creating a plan of attack The second benefit of Surgical Theater is that it allows brain surgeons to create a surgery plan by simulating different scenarios to find the best approach. “The genesis of the technology is from air fighter pilots. The founders of the company discovered they could use the same technology in the medical field,” Jean says. Just like fighter pilots, brain surgeons are able to practice unique scenarios to be fully prepared for their mission.

X-ray vision By now, you are probably imagining XR as superhero powers that assist a hero in doing important work. If that image hadn’t come to mind yet, X-ray vision should seal the deal. Extended reality allows surgeons to operate with “X-ray” vision to reach their targets safely and to stay out of danger by avoiding critical “no-fly” zones in the brain. “Every patient’s problem is unique. We design the surgical approach for every operation to fit the individual’s problem,” Jean says.

Learn more about Jean at LVHN.org/WCJean.

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Quick Response You may have seen it on the roads and onscene with the Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services insignia but what exactly is a Quick Response Vehicle and why is it so important to the community?

what is a quick response vehicle A Quick Response Vehicle is a Non-transporting EMS unit that can respond with one paramedic to the scene of an emergency to provide initial life saving skills prior to a transporting unit arriving. This unit is licensed as an Advanced Life Support unit through the PA Department of Health. The unit carries all the same equipment as an Advanced Life Support ambulance including a cardiac monitor, life saving medication, and more.

how is it different from an ambulance A Quick Response Vehicle is used during high call volume times and large incidents by personnel in order to provide the best pre hospital care to our communities. It can also be used on standbys to keep our primary transporting ambulances available for the communities we serve.

WHAT TYPE OF VEHICLE DOES PMREMS HAVE 2020 Ford Explorer (Interceptor package)

what benefit has it been to the community This unit has already responded to multiple incidents along with the recent Bradys Lake incident where there needed to be medical personnel on standby for several days. We were able to support the search mission and provide medical intervention if needed.

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