Category Archives: emergency

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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Drugs you rub into your skin can be dangerous, too

When a previously healthy 18-month-old child developed a diaper rash, the toddler’s mother reached for some pain-relieving cream. What she grabbed was a prescription her husband used for neck pain. She rubbed a small amount onto her son’s rash and … Continue reading

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Doc puts toxicology in a box for medical education

An assistant professor of emergency medicine is using comic illustration to teach clinical toxicology. “Toxicology in a Box” is a deck of 154 full-color flashcards designed to teach how to recognize and treat drug overdoses and poisonings. Brian Kloss, DO … Continue reading

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Love Potion ’65: A gall bladder, a black out and a blizzard

The hospital’s 50th anniversary — and this cold, snowy winter — inspired Paul Berman MD, class of ’63, to share his strongest memory of the newly built Upstate University Hospital: The night the lights went out and he met his … Continue reading

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