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: July 10, 2014
Summer Safety Tips
By Dr. Jim Dwyer
Now that summer’s here, you and your family are hopefully spending a lot more time outdoors, enjoying a variety of activities. That’s great for your health and state of mind, but you’ll want to take a few precautions to make sure you all stay safe.
Posted on: July 3, 2014
Tips to Beat the Heat… Avoid hazards such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke
By Dr. Jim Dwyer
When the temperatures climb, so does the risk of heat exhaustion. The risk is greater for the very young, the elderly and for those who have medical issues that might deplete their fluids and leave them susceptible to dehydration. People who take diuretics for high blood pressure, for example, might have a low tolerance for the heat.
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: June 10, 2013
Summertime Safety: Avoid Hazards in the Heat
by Jim Dwyer MD, Director and Chief, Emergency Services, Northern Westchester Hospital
Bare feet in cool grass on a hot day may be the actual description of paradise. However, running around barefoot can be hard on the tootsies. The nature of injuries that put people in emergency rooms changes with the seasons. In summer I see everything from cuts on feet to heat stroke. Here’s how to protect yourself—and especially your children—when the mercury climbs.
Lacerations to the feet are one of the most common injuries we see. Splinters from decks, cuts from broken glass, et cetera. I strongly recommend parents insist their children wear shoes during the summer months. While they’re putting shoes on in the morning, make sure to lather them up with sunscreen as well. People come in with severe sunburns all the time. They’re just looking for relief, even though there’s not much we can do. Avoiding sunburns has to be about prevention, really.