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Summer safety for seniors

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

James Ciaccio, MDEmergency 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.


Emergency management at Upstate University Hospital

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Chris DunhamChristopher 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: is a national campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. 


What it takes to be a level 1 trauma center

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Tamer A Ahmed, MDSteve AdkissonTamer 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.


‘Expert Advice’: What to do if you are in a car crash

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

William F Paolo, MD Emergency physician William Paolo, MD offers expert advice on what to do if you are involved in a car crash to keep yourself and others safe from further harm.


The challenges of wilderness and expedition medicine

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Jeremy D Joslin, MD

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.


‘What’s Your Emergency?’: What to do when you experience chest pain

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

William Paolo, MDUpstate emergency physician William Paolo, MD helps us understand chest pain – what is happening in the body that causes the pain, why it’s an emergency and what people should do for someone who says they are suffering from chest pain.


‘Expert Advice’: What should you do if a tooth gets knocked out?

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Patrick B Smith, DDS,

What should you do if a tooth gets knocked out? Patrick Smith, DDS, explains that you have to work quickly. We may not realize it, but our teeth are alive….and salvaging them if they get knocked out requires swift action. Smith is the assistant professor and residency program director for the dental clinic at Upstate and he provides this installment of Expert Advice from the experts at Upstate.

Heroin use on the rise in Central New York

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Michele CalivaNicholas E Nacca, MD Michele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, is joined by medical toxicology fellow Nicholas Nacca, MD, to discuss the alarming increase in heroin use and heroin-related deaths. They also talk about the use of naloxone, a life-saving nasal spray that immediately reverses the effects of heroin.  Read the story: Heroin in CNY: Firefighters put out users’ high    


‘Expert Advice’: What you need to know about frostbite

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

William Paolo, MDEmergency physician William Paolo, MD, tells us what we need to know about frostbite – how to recognize it and tips to prevent it, in this installment of Expert Advice from the experts at Upstate.


‘What’s Your Emergency?’: Common types of skin infections

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPWilliam Paolo, MDDerek Cooney, MD, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, is joined by emergency physician William Paolo, MD, to describe the common types of skin infections – bacterial, fungal, and viral – that can result in skin inflammation, or infective dermatitis.


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Headaches can signal serious problems

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPWilliam F Paolo, MD Derek Cooney, MD, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, is joined by emergency physician William Paolo, MD to present another edition of ‘What’s Your Emergency?’.  They explain why certain headaches can signal serious problems, and how the different types are treated.


Burn prevention from a burn surgeon

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Mohamed Sa Elfar, MDBurn surgeon Mohamed Sa Elfar, MD, director of the Clark Burn Center at Upstate Medical University, talks about the importance of burn safety and prevention. Elfar explains how ordinary things in a home — from bath water and hot food to electrical outlets — can cause burn injuries. The Clark Burn Center is a four-bed intensive care unit providing state-of-the-art burn care and outpatient services seven days a week on a 24-hour basis.  Burn safety checklist