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JUNE 2018

PMREMS newsletter


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o say Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services is driven is a bit of an understatement. Sure, it’s kind of ironic to use the phrase in this way for an ambulance service, after-all, medical transportation is what we do. In our June newsletter, we can’t find a better word to view the dedication to delivering quality care plus efforts we do to raise funds for lifesaving equipment for you.

Breeze through our latest edition and share a round of applause for last month’s events. With facts and figures we deliver details on what, where and why our nonprofit strives to incorporate community relations with educational fundraising situations. Finish off with an invitation to this year’s Regional Roundup August 9 at Skytop. Tickets go fast so use this simple click-thru to get to sponsor and ticket table opportunities!

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Ask the Doctor What is incontinence?


What is incontinence and is this normal after having children?

A: Radhika Ailawadi, MD First, let’s define what incontinence is. It’s a highly prevalent medical condition, and essentially the involuntary leakage of urine and loss of bladder control. Incontinence doesn’t only happen after childbirth nor is it an inevitable result of getting older, it can in fact happen for a number of reasons. However, it is very common and there are treatment options available to cure the symptoms. Types of Incontinence: There are two types of incontinence. Stress incontinence, which occurs when someone leaks with activities such as laughing, coughing and sneezing. Stress incontinence is the result of poor urethral support to maintain a tight seal. The other type of incontinence is Urge incontinence, which occurs in patients with an overactive bladder. One could have uncontrollable urges leading to a leak event prior to approaching a bathroom. Signs and Symptoms: Incontinence is diagnosed when a patient historically is having leakage with activity or uncontrollable urges to go to the bathroom. Some signs and symptoms of overactive bladder are urinary urgency, frequency, and going to the bathroom often at nighttime, also known as nocturia. Stress incontinence is typically seen when there’s leaking with activities.

Radhika Ailawadi, MD, specializes in gynecology and urogynecology. She is Board Certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and Board Certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Risk Factors: While incontinence is common, there are some risk factors that may play a role. Childbirth is a risk factor because of weakened tissue and support in the pelvic floor. Other risk factors include pulmonary disease, obesity, postmenopausal state, bladder stones, and bladder cancer/tumor. Treatment Options: If you believe you’re experiencing or have been diagnosed with incontinence, there are treatment options available to you. Physical therapy and exercise can greatly help, dietary changes, medications or minimally invasive surgical options such as sling, Botox injections into the bladder, periurthral bulking injections, and neurostimulator’s can be utilized. If you have questions, you should see your primary care physician or gynecologist first. They may refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and discuss treatment options as necessary.


Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency

Medical Services professionals join an astounding assortment of area emergency responders worthy of recognition. Always eager to take the position of sharing our team’s success, we’d like to address recent Geisinger Emergency Medical Services “Everyone Needs a Hero” Award Program recipient Paramedic Jody Hutton. Nominated by her colleague PMREMS ALS Coordinator Lee V. Rosato; the honor is bestowed upon a provider that exhibits “Heroism and excellence on medicine’s front lines.” Considering a December 2017 reason for recognition, he shared the why and where of Hutton’s self-less act. He details... Paramedic Jody Hutton responded to a residence with her partner, EMT Gregory Gueiss, for a medical emergency.

This was the home of two elderly sisters who live together with their dog. The one sister was transported to a local hospital and admitted. However, later that evening, Jody and her partner returned to the same residence. The other sister needed transport to a local hospital and she too needed to be admitted. The only way the second sister would be transported for the further care she needed was on the condition that someone would look after their dog. Jody agreed to look after the sisters’ dog for the next few weeks which she did on her own personal time and without accepting any compensation. For this selfless act, Paramedic Jody Hutton was recognized for the Community Service Award during EMS Week 2018.

ABOVE Colleagues congratulate PMREMS Paramedic Jody Hutton (Photographed from left: PMREMS ALS Coordinator Lee V. Rosato, EMT Gregory Gueiss, Hutton, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center EMS Coordinator Jack Lasky

Plus a few who

shared about healthcare & equipment needs


ABOVE Paramedic Joe Ambrogio demonstrates CPR techniques for kids

BELOW Nick DeWitt shares Stryker Stretcher details on BRC TV13 as Denise Doremus aids with a microphone assist during June 2’s Drive 4UR Community Fundraiser at Ray Price Cars

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