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regionalresource at the ready “9-1-1 what’s your emergency?”

Words heard in response to calls of distress igniting immediate response. With intentions of illuminating what goes into facilitating Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services professionals on-scene, this edition of regionalresource recaps a few “in between” aspects for readers.

From how our nonprofit 501(c)3 subsidizes funds and acquires equipment; to magnificent professional partnership health tips and training vital to sustaining our monumental presence spanning a coverage area close to 250 square miles. Inspired by a tribute to community; see how businesses, organizations and residents rallied together to make this month’s Regional Roundup fundraiser a phenomenal success.

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IN THIS EDITION 2 A Round of Applause Fundraising Success 5 Questions for the Doctor Scenerios When To Go 6 Training Days Pros Get Certified 7 Save the Date What, When & Where to Be


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Media partners The Journal News, This Week in the Poconos magazine and Pocono 96.7 radio rallied support aiding interest and ticket sales. Individuals in each municipality encouraged guests to grab a table or two; with special thanks to more than a few that grew attendance numbers to nearly 200! Regional Roundup’s Title Sponsor Lehigh Valley Health Network, accepted the position not only pledging a financial contribution but providing planning, giveaways, and an exciting Medivac landing experience. LVHN Medivac also sponsored several EMT and Paramedic professionals as their guests to enjoy the evening of fabulous food and live entertainment by The Snake Oil Willie Band.

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From inception, board selection consisted of naming a committee that starts our “Round of Applause.” Inspiration for an end of summer celebration of sorts came following meetings of Lois Dickey, Alma Ruiz-Smith, and Denise Doremus; joined by Jeanine Hofbauer with Skytop General Manager Jeffrey Rudder and his team. Assuring, and certainly achieving a most memorable occasion; the Barrett Township resort’s hospitality and generosity was outstanding.

Affirmation of participation certainly cultivated confidence, as community enthusiasm elevated fund equity. Buck Hill Falls, Spruce Lake and Kalahari; along with St Lukes Health Network, Weiler Corporation, Liberty Homes, Lake Naomi Mountaintop Lodge, and Southeastern Emergency Equipment each eagerly accepted sponsorships. Donors Coolbaugh, Tobyhanna, and Tunkhannock Township, along with Mount Pocono Borough joined in. While ticket group numbers soared with The Friends of Skytop, Mountain Landscaping, and more that included Pennsylvania Senator Mario Scavello and Tyler Day of PA State Representative Jack Rader’s office.

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s a nonprofit 501(c)3, subsidizing funds remains a task that Pocono Mountain Regional EMS embraces as an opportunity to forge cooperative community collaborations. Crafting creative actions in approaching “the ask” takes time, talent and due diligence as many experienced in the Regional Roundup fundraiser September 7 at Skytop Lodge.

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Raffle prize donations delivered quite a thrill as guests tried for a chance at winning baskets with an assortment of “About Time” rewards. From candle and spa “Me Time” temptations; to “Tee Time” sensations featuring golf foursome and restaurant combinations, tickets tallied a total of $1,450 to the cause. Thanks to all who came together in support of Pocono Mountain Regional EMS–your ambulance corps. Announcing $15,000 will now play a part in building this team’s resources brings our Round of Applause full circle as a well-rounded community event (not to mention an amazingly fun time spent)!

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How do you know whether you should seek treatment at a walk-in care center or an emergency room (ER)? A: Christine Meyer, CRNP Consider these scenarios: 1. It’s early on a weekend morning and your 7-year-old daughter is crying with ear pain. Your pediatrician’s office is closed. 2. You’re walking down the stairs when you take a tumble and hit your head, and then lose consciousness. In scenario 1, the walk-in care center is the best choice. However in scenario 2, a trip to the ER is appropriate. When you need treatment today but it’s not a true emergency As a general rule, a walk-in care center – like Lehigh Valley Health Network’s ExpressCARE, located throughout Monroe County – helps bridge the gap when you’re unable to see your primary care provider but can’t wait for treatment. Some non-urgent reasons to visit an ExpressCARE include: „ Common cold „ Allergies „ Sinusitis „ Cough, sore throat „ Ear pain „ Bronchitis

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Minor fever Rashes, including poison ivy Animal bites Minor headache Back pain Nausea Common sprain or strains Shallow laceration Flu/flu shots

When it’s time for the emergency room Emergency centers provide the highest level of care around the clock and are equipped with staffing and services to treat and stabilize patients. Lehigh Valley Hospital– Pocono’s (LVH–Pocono) Mattioli Emergency Center treats medical conditions that are considered true emergencies and require rapid and advanced treatments, such as heart attack and stroke. In addition, LVH–Pocono is a Level III Trauma Center – the only trauma program in Monroe County – and has the resources to treat traumatic injuries resulting from car crashes and other serious accidents. Some examples of medical emergencies that need to be treated in an ER include: „ Persistent chest pain accompanied by sweating, vomiting or shortness of breath „ Heart palpitations „ Loss of consciousness „ Fainting, balance problems, state of confusion, sudden difficulty speaking, sudden vision changes

Christine Meyer, CRNP, is a Family Nurse Practitioner with ExpressCARE, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network, with five locations throughout Monroe County in East Stroudsburg, Bartonsville, Brodheadsville at the West End Healthcare Center, Tobyhanna at the Mountain Healthcare Center and at the Health Center at Blakeslee.

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face or body or sudden, severe headache „ Breathing problems „ Coughing up blood „ Severe pain of any kind „ Severe pain the abdomen or starting in the lower portion of the back „ Severe burns of any kind „ Baby less than three months old with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher „ High fever or fever with rash „ Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy „ Broken bones with an open wound „ Head or eye injuries „ Serious falls while on blood thinning medication „ Deep lacerations that won’t stop bleeding „ Persistent, severe vomiting or diarrhea „ Suicidal feelings „ Sudden pain and swelling of the testicles When in doubt, go with your gut If you feel it’s warranted, don’t hesitate – just go to the nearest emergency room. In some cases, it is best to call 911. If you or a loved one is experiencing heart attack or stroke symptoms, severe bleeding, or faintness or dizziness, never attempt to drive to the hospital. Emergency medical services providers are equipped to provide life-saving treatment on the way to the hospital.

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opment–a persistent point in upholding professional growth in every organization, remains right up front as a top priority at Pocono Mountain Regional EMS. September’s course highlight was a four-day certification seminar September 14, 15, 18 and 19 devoted to training EMS about showing caregivers how to properly install car seats.

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September pmrems newsletter2017