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Hospital Partners with PG County Paramedics for Training

An exciting partnership between MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and Prince George’s County Paramedics educates EMT’s on the basics of airway management, saving lives in the field. To gain valuable airway management experience, Prince George’s County paramedics have partnered with MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center for training that gives them ongoing education on mask ventilation, laryngoscopy (using a metal instrument to visualize the airway) and intubation (placement of a breathing tube in the trachea).  Since paramedics often employ these life-saving methods out in the field, the ongoing experience they can gain at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center helps increase their…

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Exercise Physiologist Allison Dominiecki Talks Starting an Exercise Program

In her eight years as an exercise physiologist at the hospital’s Cardiac Rehab, Allison Dominiecki has seen many scared, unhealthy patients go from an out-of-shape beginning to becoming a model of fitness. “There are so many wonderful patients,” says Dominiecki.  “They sometimes come here scared, with no confidence, or timid to be in a group setting.  I see how hard they work and the confidence they put in us, it’s just amazing to see.” Exercise RecommendationsConsult a physician before starting an exercise program to make sure you are tested for the presence of any pre-existing conditions, and to ensure your heart…

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Patient Testimonial: Gaining a Healthy Heart

February is National Heart MonthDr. Mun K. Hong takes patient James Smith from 90 percent artery blockage to healthier heart and arteries and lower blood pressureWhen Oxon Hill resident James Smith, 71, began feeling shortness of breath in the summer of 2015, he thought it was a temporary feeling due to being slightly over-worked.  Still, he decided to get checked out by a physician. Knowing the outstanding reputation of doctors and hospitals in the MedStar system, he asked EMS responders to take him to a MedStar facility, not realizing his closest hospital was part of the MedStar system:  MedStar Southern…

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What Vaccinations and Tests Are Needed at What Age?

Starting Your Year Out RightAdvice for all ages from pediatrician Pedro Sarmiento, MD, and internist Lauren Williams, MDNo matter your age, when it comes to starting 2017 off the right way, physicians agree on the three most important measures you can take to jumpstart your health in the New Year.  We have asked MedStar pediatrician Pedro Sarmiento, MD, and internist and pediatric specialist Lauren Williams, MD, for their best advice for starting your year out RIGHT.The first theme cited by both physicians was eating healthy.  “You should start off the year committed to a well-balanced, healthy diet,” said Williams.  “If…

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