Category Archives: emergency medicine/trauma

Becoming EMTs: Upstate partners with city school district to train students in emergency medical career

BY EMILY KULKUS Emergency medicine instructors from Upstate Medical University are helping dozens of Syracuse City School District students obtain emergency medical technician certification before they graduate high school. The program is part of the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, emergency medicine/trauma, health care

A patch collection grows in the burn center

PHOTOS BY WILLIAM MUELLER A burgeoning collection of fire department and rescue patches is on display in Upstate’s Clark Burn Center. Two hundred eighty patches of various shapes and sizes occupy a dozen cases in a hallway where patients and family … Continue reading

Posted in burns/Clark Burn Center, emergency medicine/trauma, health care

Would you recognize a stroke?

Before stroke specialists can intervene to save a person who is having a stroke, someone else — a loved one, co-worker, bystander — has to recognize the signs of a stroke and call 911. Clues might include a sudden droop on … Continue reading

Posted in emergency medicine/trauma, health care, stroke

Different strokes: 3 Central New Yorkers share their health crises

BY AMBER SMITH Anyone can have a stroke. Three people who did, and who were treated recently at Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, share their experiences, illustrating how strokes differ. The people had different symptoms and different treatments. One is in … Continue reading

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What to do if a kid swallows a coin

You would think that this would be all figured out by now, because it’s a pretty common thing for a kid to swallow a penny,” says Gregory Conners, MD, executive director of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. His first three research … Continue reading

Posted in emergency medicine/trauma, health care, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Emergency action: Off-duty Upstate doctors and nurses respond to people in distress

Doctors, nurses and others in caring professions spend their careers taking care of people. Sometimes their lifesaving efforts occur outside of their work hours. Though not legally obligated to help, many professional caregivers are programmed to respond in an emergency. Gridiron collapse … Continue reading

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Facing a crisis: Meet the Upstate experts working  to solve the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is fueled both by the abuse of street drugs such as heroin and the addiction to prescription painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says prescription opioids contribute to 40 percent of all opioid overdose deaths in the United … Continue reading

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In her own words: Stroke survivor JoAnn Wickman recalls the morning of Feb. 9, 2018

“I woke up at 5:20 in the morning. I woke up and thought, ‘What the heck is going on? Something’s not right,’” recalls JoAnn Wickman of Cortland. “I had this weird sensation. It felt like the tip of my tongue … Continue reading

Posted in emergency medicine/trauma, health care, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, stroke

7 facts about stroke you probably didn’t know

Are you aware of the following facts about stroke? People having strokes usually are able to hear and comprehend what’s happening around them. That’s because the parts of the brain responsible for hearing and comprehension are rarely affected by stroke, … Continue reading

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Clot-busting medicine saved her from stroke: Retired physician assistant knew something wasn’t right

BY JIM HOWE Eileen Rosecrants became alarmed during a phone call. “I couldn’t speak clearly,” she recalls of that evening last fall. It wasn’t that her speech was slurred. She couldn’t figure out what to say, so she abruptly hung up, … Continue reading

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