Stony Brook Medical Team Volunteers At ING New York City Marathon

 

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    On Sunday, Nov. 3, some 50,740 runners — including the millionth person to start the race in its 43-year history — pounded the pavement though the five boroughs as the beloved New York City Marathon returned a year after it was canceled because of Hurricane Sandy. This is the world's largest marathon and a record number of runners turned out this year, many raising thousands of dollars for various charities.  

    Medical volunteers from Stony Brook University provided their services at this great event. Internal medicine residents Charles Beale, Charles Miller and Don Nguyen staffed an ICU team, led by pulmonary critical care fellow Daryl Martinez. Nurse practitioners from the Rapid Response Team Barbara Mills and Nancy Wichtendahl, as well as cardiac catheterization nurse educator and multi-marathoner Yvonne Leippert, provided solid nursing skills and leadership in the ICU tent.

    Internal medicine residents Christine Garcia, Kristine Jang, Charles Kurkul and Ayanna Lewis, emergency medicine resident Stacey Massignan and 12 South nurse Samantha Maione worked in the incredibly busy acute-care tent, triaging and quickly treating injured and ill runners. Hector Chavez, 12 South nurse, provided desperately needed nursing and translation services at a medical tent stationed in the Bronx. Emergency medicine resident Erin Dancour worked as staff for marathon operations.

    In the acute-care tent, volunteers quickly treated hundreds of patients with minor injuries: ankle sprains, dehydration, severe muscle cramping, joint pain, acute asthma exacerbations, hypothermia and hyperthermia and exercise-associated collapse. In the ICU tent, medical volunteers saw more critically ill patients.

    This incredible volunteer effort proved to be a great learning experience in practicing for mass casualty situations and learning to triage patients quickly and efficiently. It was also a wonderful networking experience, as volunteers worked side by side with other residents, nurses and attendings from several areas in medicine from all over the tri-state area.