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Chief of Emergency Medicine on Summer Safety

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Summer Safety Tips

By Dr. Jim Dwyer

Young Family Parents and Boy Son CyclingNow 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. Continue reading

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Northern Westchester Hospital Chief of Emergency Medicine Talks Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Posted on: July 3, 2014

Tips to Beat the Heat… Avoid hazards such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke
By Dr. Jim Dwyer

boy drinking waterWhen 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. Continue reading

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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ER Doc Offers Tips to Avoid Summer Hazards for Kids

Posted on: June 10, 2013

Summertime Safety: Avoid Hazards in the Heat

by Jim Dwyer MD, Chief, Emergency Services, Northern Westchester Hospital 

JVEC0031Bare 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. Continue reading