Posted on: February 6, 2017
A parent’s worst nightmare – an accidental tumble during a snowball fight, or an unfortunate bout of curiosity with the stove during dinner time and your child runs into your arms, in pain and inconsolable. As parents, it is assumed that our job is to be the superhero and prevent our children from getting injured. Often though, our precious little ones bump into situations that we cannot prevent, despite our superhuman efforts to keep them safe. Imagine the life of a two-year-old: Your child has finally mastered the art of walking and there are endless new places to explore. Furniture, cabinets and staircases become the most interesting discoveries – worthy of thorough investigation. Supervision, attention and safety are important, but there are some injuries that are impossible to avoid. Here, I inform you about how to handle your children’s cuts, breaks, bruises and burns and when it’s time to seek emergency care. By Jim Dwyer, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Posted on: December 19, 2013
A Few Tips to Avoid the ER this Holiday Season
By Jim Dwyer, MD, Director and Chief, Emergency Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital
There are many reasons people find themselves in the emergency room over the holidays. Perhaps the most common mishap sending people there during the holiday season is slipping and falling on the ice. This is also something I see throughout the entire winter season. Salting driveways and walkways will help. Those who are unsteady on their feet under normal conditions should stay inside until they are sure walkways are safe.
Automobile accidents also increase during the holiday season due to the snow and ice as well as increased traffic from shopping. If the weather is bad, do your shopping online and save the visit to the stores for when the roads are safe.
Posted on: July 8, 2013
Are You Under Observation?
By Dr. Eugene Spagnuolo, Associate Director of the Emergency Department, Northern Westchester Hospital.
You might assume a trip to the emergency room that turns into an overnight stay means that you’ve been admitted and are receiving inpatient care, but that’s not always the case. If your doctor has placed you under “observation,” you’re technically an outpatient. That distinction is critical because the difference between being observed and being admitted can have a big impact on how your stay is covered by insurance and may impact your out-of-pocket expenses.