Category Archives: emergency

What to do when a tooth is knocked out

Fracturing or losing a tooth in a fall or other accident is a fairly common occurrence. When that happens, “you have a very limited timeframe in which to treat that situation,” says assistant professor and dentist, Patrick Smith. Athletic facilities … Continue reading

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5 questions to ask after a car wreck

Emergency physician William Paolo, MD explains what to do if you find yourself in a car wreck. If you answer yes to these questions, call 911 for an ambulance. 1.   Did your airbags deploy? If the impact was strong … Continue reading

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Volunteer firefighters thrive on thank you’s

Several Upstate employees extend public service into their private lives, as volunteer firefighters. Meet seven public safety officers who do: Dominick Albanese, 21 Moyers Corners Fire Department. Experience: almost 2 years Roles: interior firefighter. “My duty is to respond to … Continue reading

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What to do for chest pain

Chest pain is one of the primary reasons people seek care at a hospital emergency room, and it can signal a variety of medical conditions, says William Paolo, MD, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Upstate University Hospital. Among … Continue reading

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Book about hospital during Hurricane Katrina warns of failing to prepare

By Chris Dunham, director of emergency management for Upstate University Hospital “Five days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink is an amazing book, and I cannot recommend it enough. While Katrina is still relatively fresh in our collective memories I continue … Continue reading

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Information, inspiration in Upstate Health spring issue

In this issue of Upstate Health: * Read about the expansion of Upstate’s sleep center, the only one in this region with services that accommodate children as young as infants. * Meet a former trauma patient who shares his ordeal, … Continue reading

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Crash course: Ed learned the value of a trauma center

The scar stretches from his neck to his belly button, a vivid reminder of that day in January 2013 when Ed Wasilewski skated just about as close to death as one can – and still survive. Wasilewski, 31, of Erieville … Continue reading

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Opioid misuse tied to heroin dangers

Here is a Q&A with Michele Caliva, RN, and Nicholas Nacca, MD. Caliva is the administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center. Nacca is a medical toxicology fellow. You can listen to an extended version of this interview … Continue reading

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Stroke survivor was a patient after 52 years of public service

He did not immediately think “stroke.” As his symptoms became more clear on that July morning last summer, 69-year-old Onondaga County Undersheriff Warren Darby began to realize he needed to hurry to the hospital. Not just any hospital. A designated … Continue reading

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Sign up now for free trauma, prehospital medicine teaching day

Upstate invites paramedics and EMTs, nurses and emergency providers to the first annual Upstate Prehospital Medicine & Trauma Teaching Day Monday, May 19 at Onondaga Community College.4585 West Seneca Turnpike in Syracuse. The event is free, but registration is required … Continue reading

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