Category Archives: trauma

Paralyzed referee: ‘whatever doesn’t break you makes you stronger’

A man who sustained a spinal cord injury in a sledding accident in Syracuse more than 25 years ago was in the news recently for his work as a basketball referee. Joe Slaski, 47, now lives in Macedon. The Rochester … Continue reading

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This team of physicians responds to crises outside of the hospital

Passengers dozed as Wednesday night turned into Thursday on their trip from Toronto to New York City. The Trailways bus moved south through Syracuse on Interstate 81, lit by a full moon. It made it almost to Nedrow. That’s where … Continue reading

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He recovered from a broken neck

One minute, Edward St. George was on the deck of his family cottage on the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, taking measurements for vinyl siding work he was doing that day. The next, he was falling from the granite … Continue reading

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No, this is not bubble wrap

This issue’s “Science is Art is Science” feature comes from the laboratory of senior research scientist Gary Nieman. And no, it’s not bubble wrap. It’s a microscopic look at the air sacs in the lungs of a rat during mechanical ventilation. … 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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News, happenings around Upstate Medical University

You may recall that four runners from Upstate were invited to compete in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in London this summer for the 3.5-mile championship race. They sent a group post card – a cut-out of Queen Elizabeth … 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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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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Making an impact: Prompt recognition, treatment speeds concussion recovery

Blurry vision. Dizziness. Ringing in the ears. Headaches. Trouble with balance. Concussion can produce frightening symptoms.   Brian Rieger, PhD, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation who leads Upstate’s Concussion Center, regularly speaks to school, athletic and community … Continue reading

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10 facts about concussion

* A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or a jolt to the head. * No objective medical test diagnoses concussion. “It has to be diagnosed by taking a good history and looking at the … Continue reading

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