Tag Archives: Emergency Room

Northern Westchester Hospital Chief of Emergency Medicine Offers Tips to Avoid the Emergency Room over The Holidays

Posted on: December 19, 2013

A Few Tips to Avoid the ER this Holiday Season

By Jim Dwyer, MD, Chief, Emergency Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital

James Dwyer, MD 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.

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New York Emergency Room Doctor Talks About Being Under Observation

Posted on: July 8, 2013

Are You Under Observation?

By Dr. Eugene Spagnuolo, Associate Director of the Emergency Department, Northern Westchester Hospital.

JVEC0031You 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.

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