During a drill at a vacant Syracuse school in March, an Upstate emergency physician (center, dressed in all blue) escorts wounded patients to a safe place for treatment. Rescuers from the Syracuse City Police and Fire Department and paramedics from Rural/Metro Medical Services also participated in the drill.
Emergency medical personnel are being trained how to safely enter the scene of an active shooting, rather than waiting on the sidelines, said Christian Knutsen, MD, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Upstate. This program, still in the planning stage, is part of a nationwide change that encourages police to confront shooters, Knutsen said, and will create “rescue task forces” that include tactical medical responders who can reach and treat the wounded faster.
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People who take synthetic marijuana are likely to become severely agitated or severely depressed — and either can imperil a person’s life. William Paolo, MD, says some of his patients at Upstate University Hospital’s emergency department have had to be intubated to protect their breathing ability. Some have suffered heart attacks. Others have had seizures. He cautions against using synthetic marijuana since there’s no way to know what is included in the compound.
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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 ledge the deck overlooked. His neck and upper back struck the edge of the rock about five feet down. He fell over the cliff, slamming against rock abutments for 15 or 20 feet on his way to the ground. Two or three barrel rolls later, his body came to rest against the back of a neighbor’s cottage.
“All I could do was breathe and blink my eyes. I couldn’t even make a sound. I remember looking out of the corner of my eye and seeing what I thought was my hand, and I couldn’t move it. I couldn’t move anything,” St. George recalls.
The drama that unfolded among the boulders in Cape Vincent stretched into the emergency department and operating rooms at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and into the physical and occupational therapy unit at Strong Memorial Hospital, near St. George’s home in suburban Rochester.
Christopher Dunham, the director of emergency management at Upstate University Hospital, discusses Ebola preparedness after the hospital was one of eight in New York State to be desginated to handle any patients in the state diagnosed with Ebola. To learn more about the Ebola virus, Timothy Endy, MD, provides an overview.
Jeremy Joslin, MD, new medical director of the emergency department at Upstate Medical University, tells what to expect when you visit a level 1 trauma center, the specialty services available, and his vision and goals for emergency medicine at Upstate. Joslin is assistant professor and fellowship program director of Emergency Medicine at Upstate.
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Psychologist Brian Rieger, PhD, director of Upstate’s Concussion Management Program, talks about sports-related concussions – what are the symptoms, the myths, and recommendations. The Upstate Concussion Center, comprised of the Sports Concussion Center and Concussion Management Program, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for concussion and sports concussion. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315 464-8986.
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Trauma surgeon Fahd Ali, MD, talks about motorcycle safety – beyond the wearing of helmets. Ali says that some of the worst injuries trauma surgeons deal with are the result of motorcycle accidents. Ali is assistant professor of surgery and anesthesiology in the division of Trauma & Critical Care Surgery at Upstate Medical University. Read more about motorcycle safety: safety.ny.gov, and NYS Motorcycle safety program
Emergency physician James Ciaccio, MD explains how changes in the sensory abilities of seniors may impact their lives, specifically during the summer months, and offers some helpful suggestions. GEM Care, the senior emergency department at Upstate University Hospital’s Community campus, offers special emergency services in a comfortable, quiet, and calming environment especially conducive to seniors.
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Christopher Dunham, MBA, the new director of Emergency Management for Upstate, explains how Upstate prepares for a variety of disasters such as mass casualty incidents, weather events, pandemics, technology failures, and how those preparedness plans integrate with other local governments, agencies and organizations. Read more: Ready.gov is a national campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
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Tamer Ahmed, MD, medical director of Upstate’s pediatric trauma services, and Steve Adkisson, RN, pediatric trauma program manager, tells us what it takes for a hospital to receive Level 1 trauma designation in New York state. Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital were the first in the state to receive national verification as a Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in recognition of the optimal trauma care the center provides patients.
Jeremy D. Joslin, MD, director of the Wilderness & Expedition Medicine program at Upstate, discusses the challenges of practicing medicine in a wilderness or austere environment. He also talks about the upcoming Northeast Wilderness Medicine conference for healthcare providers. Target audience for the conference is physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings.
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